Western Montana AHEC offers instructional programs to high school students throughout the 7-county western region of Montana.  We partner with our regional healthcare facilities to offer on-site programs such as REACH (Research and Explore Awesome Careers in healthcare); we partner with Montana HOSA to assist schools with initiation and coordination of school HOSA chapters; we collaborate with HealthCARE Montana and UM Health & Medicine to attend career and college fairs.  Call and let us know how we can help you teach your students about the healthcare and health science professions and available career pathways in Montana.

Students engaging in health science activities

Programs We Offer:

HOSA Partnership - Montana HOSA: Future Healthcare Professionals (formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America) is a student organization that allows students an opportunity to explore health careers while building relevant cinical, leadership, and teamwork skills.  See www.montanahosa.org.

In-a-Box Health Science Curriculum Trunks - Self-contained boxes - covering the Eye, Ear, Brain, Guts, Bones & Muscles, Heart, and Mouth - available for loan, FREE, to Montana 4th-8th grade educators. Included are lesson plans, station activities, models, and other resources designed to engage students in health and science.  Check-out preference is given to HOSA chapters between November and February.

Job Shadowing - Maybe you've heard that job shadowing health professionals can be a very valuable experience for students. Maybe you'd like to help your students find and successfully engage in job shadowing in your community.  An online job shadow matching program, for western Montana high school students, will be made available through UM Career Services beginning in September, 2014.

Med Start - A summer program focusing on rural, minority, low-income and first generation college-bound students that provides an introduction to health sciences, financial aid information, dorm life experiences and job shadowing opportunities.  Applications are made available in January of each school year.

REACH - Research and Explore Awesome Careers in Healthcare. A day long camp for high school students at their local healthcare facility (or on campus) to explore careers in the medical field.

Heads Up - A behavioral health science camp will be offered, free-of-charge, at Anaconda Community Hospital, in October.

K-12 E-Newsletter - Western Montana AHEC provides resources and support to help bring health science to K-12 students. K-12 E-News: "Health Science Connection for Montana Educators". This monthly newsletter contains resources and information for teachers, administrators, counselors, and students about health science education!

Health Science Teacher Training - The training is now made available online through the Montana Office of Public Instruction Learning Hub.  Secondary health science and health enhancement teachers with a background in anatomy and physiology may take the course.

Martha Robertson
K-12 Program Coordinator
Western Montana AHEC
Ph. 406-243-4746
Email: martha.robertson@mso.umt.edu