GSAHEC inspires students to choose a career in the health professions with our health career recruitment and enrichment programs. We focus on recruiting more minority and disadvantaged students into health careers because research and experience indicate they will be more likely to care for the medically underserved. As our population becomes more diverse, it is important that our health care workforce reflects that diversity.
Gulfcoast South AHEC’s mission is to provide health education that improves the well-being of the communities we serve. An essential component of our program involves the recruitment of students from underserved, rural, and inner-city communities and underrepresented populations into primary care health fields, including medicine, nursing, and other health professions.
GSAHEC has chosen to address current recruitment needs through the following REACH (Recruitment & Educational Assistance for Careers in Health) programs:
- Conducting REACH health careers presentations.
- Encouraging students to explore health careers through The REACH Job Shadowing Outreach Program.
- Funding community organizations to host REACH Health Careers Camps.
- Forming academic partnerships with area HOSA Future Health Professionals chapters.
African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and Native Americans are the most severely underrepresented minorities in health professions. Disadvantaged youth are defined as those living in poverty (indexed by participation in the federal free and reduced-price lunch program), and those who are members of groups that have been historically discriminated against in U.S. society (African Americans, Hispanics, and immigrants groups for whom English is not their native language).