AHEC Activities

Educating and recruiting

students to health professions from K-12 schools

AHEC Activities

Educating health professions students

in the rural and underserved communities of Hawaii, often in multiprofessional teams

AHEC Activities

Recruiting health care professionals

to rural and underserved areas and providing continuing education

AHEC Activities

Providing community based and community driven education

for all underserved groups in Hawaii.


2912, 2017

Technology Helps Improve Access to Specialty Health Services in Hawaii

HONOLULU – Technology is being used to help improve access to specialty health services across the state.Through the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) program, Hawaii health care organizations can use web video conferencing to have health specialists mentor primary care physicians in local rural and underserved communities.

“We discuss real life cases that are presented to us and we provide guidance and consultation.. and the follow up,” John A. Burns School of Medicine, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Dr. Daniel Alicata said.

Participants connect via virtual ECHO clinics, which are free two-hour teleconferences. Dr. Alicata says the real-time expertise from behavioral health specialists helps primary care physicians, nurses, and even social workers provide the best care to patients with “complex health conditions,” such as Parkinson’s disease and depression. As a result, he adds the program allows for neighbor islands residents to get specialty care services right where they live, rather than having to travel to another site.

“The thought of having to stop work for a day to travel to Honolulu with the expense.. To take children out of school for specialty services is a significant challenge,” Dr. Alicata said. “[Through the ECHO program]  the physician can provide that care in their office within the structure they have already,”

Cory Causey with the Lokahi Treatment Center in Hilo says as a clinical supervisor it’s important to stay up to date with the latest medical information, and the ECHO Hawaii program easily allows her to do just that.

“Being on the Big Island… there are some barriers, because you don’t have as much opportunity as you would on Oahu,” Causey said. “So this [ECHO program] has been meeting my needs both educationally and professionally”

The program also provides specialty health care training to physicians in Micronesia and Marshall islands. According to Dr. Alicata, all ECHO teleconference calls are encrypted for security reasons.

“We’re proud to support ECHO Hawaii in building a dynamic network of medical professionals to help rural health providers serve their patients even better,” Associate Medical Director of Primary Care, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, Samir Patel MD said in a press release.

Hawaii Rural Health Association’s ECHO program is supported by a $20,000 community benefit grant from Kaiser Permanente.

For more information about ECHO, click here.

2912, 2017

5 Things We’re Watching in Hawaii – Health Care and Health Policy

5 Things Hawaii: Kelley Withy, Topical Agenda, Castle Medical Center

I hope you had a relaxing Thanksgiving weekend before the holiday season gets a little too busy! I always find this time of year to be a good reminder to say thank you to everyone who is working to move the health system forward. So, mahalo nui for all that you do and (as always) thanks for reading our stuff.

Here’s 5 Things We’re Watching in Hawaii health care and health policy.

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1. Video:  Dr. Kelley Withy on measuring quality

Dr. Kelley Withy is the Director of the Hawaii/Pacific Basin Area Health Education Center at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. She is also a professor at the John A. Burns School of Medicine. She joins us in this edition to talk about finding solutions for healthcare providers.

“We have quality metrics but one thing, for example one thing I heard is that the five Medicaid insurance companies request that their quality metrics be reported in a different way. Same numbers, different patients, different reporting methodology…Why can’t they report it the same way for all the insurance companies?”

See the video and full article here: https://stateofreform.com/5-things/hawaii-5-things/2017/12/5-things-hawaii-kelley-withy-topical-agenda-castle-medical-center/

2011, 2017

Thousands of Primary Care Positions Nationwide!

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Virtual Job Fair

Job seekers

Tuesday, November 28
6:45 – 10:15 p.m. ET


As valued partners of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and NURSE Corps, please encourage clinicians, students, and residents to participate in the upcoming November Virtual Job Fair to connect and network with prospective employers.

The Virtual Job Fairs are online recruitment events that connect primary care job seekers with health care organizations located in underserved communities nationwide.

At no cost, clinicians, students, and residents can join the Virtual Job Fair to network with prospective employers. They will be presented nearly thousands open positions, hear details about relocation, benefit packages, and populations served.

Our presenters are looking for job seekers in primary, dental and mental and behavioral health care now!

Encourage clinicians, students and residents to register today for the November Virtual Job Fair!

Questions? Contact us at NHSCVirtualJobFair@hrsa.gov.

To search additional job vacancies, check out the Health Workforce Connector.

Build Your Searchable Profile on the Health Workforce Connector


The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) developed the Health Workforce Connector to help current and future health professionals, like you, find careers in underserved areas.

On the Connector, you can browse more than 5,000 job opportunities throughout nearly 22,000 sites.

Now you can create a searchable profile where you can highlight and share your professional experience, education, and employment preferences with sites searching for qualified candidates.

Take action, and create your profile!

Thousands of employers are looking for you.

Have Questions?

Call 1-800-221-9393

(TTY: 1-877-897-9910)

Mon – Fri 8am – 8pm ET

(Except Federal Holidays)

111, 2017

3RNet National Rural Health Day!

We’re Celebrating National Rural Health Day!  Get a $5 Starbucks Gift Card For Registering on 3RNet!
1. Register & Enter ‘NRHD’ in the LOCATION CODE field
2. Upload your CV to your 3RNet profile
3. Watch your inbox for your Starbucks gift card!
This promotion will run November 1 – 30. National Rural Health Day is November 16.

1810, 2017

National Health Service Corps – Students to Service Application Deadline Extended!

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Students to Service Application Deadline Extended

It’s not too late!

Complete and submit your application before the extended deadline of October 26, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. ET

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) provides up to $120,000 to medical (MD and DO) or dental (DDS or DMD) students in their final year of school. In return, you will provide primary health care full time for at least 3 years at an approved NHSC site in a Health Professional Shortage Area of greatest need.

Technical Assistance

Recorded Webinar

NHSC S2S Program Application Webinar Recording

If you have questions or would like additional assistance, please contact the Customer Care Center at 1-800-221-9393, MondayFriday between 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET (except federal holidays).

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Download the Application and Program Guidance

Students to Service Program

Program Overview

Fact Sheet

Factors for Determining an NHSC Award

VIDEO: Learn factors used to determine NHSC awards.

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2909, 2017

University Study Finds Hawaii’s Doctor Shortage Worsening

A University of Hawaii assessment has found that the state’s doctor shortage is worsening, except on the island of Kauai.

University Study Finds Hawaii’s Doctor Shortage Worsening

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii‘s doctor shortage is worsening, except on the island of Kauai, a University of Hawaii assessment found.

The total shortage has grown to 769, compared with 707 in 2016, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported (http://bit.ly/2fvQaaW ) Monday.

The university’s Physician Workforce Assessment found Oahu needs 381 physicians, up from 339 last year, while the Big Island is short 196 providers, compared with the 183 needed last year. Maui County has a deficit of 139, up from 125, while Kauai needs 53 doctors, down from 62.

Primary care providers are the largest group in short supply, followed by infectious disease specialists on Oahu and Kauai, colorectal surgeons on the Big Island and geriatric doctors in Maui County.

“We need to train more, recruit more and make it the best place to practice in the country,” said Kelley Withy, the University of Hawaii professor who conducts the annual assessment.

A major player in the shortage comes from the state’s high cost of living and lower pay for medical providers compared with the mainland, among other social issues such as quality of schools, Withy said.

The health care industry for years has struggled to recruit doctors, particularly to rural communities on the neighbor islands.

“Many have given up practices to work for hospitals, and many private practices have closed because of that,” said Dr. Edward Gutteling, an orthopedic surgeon in Hilo. “Other doctors that are coming out are scared of private practices. They all want to get jobs and have a paycheck, so private practice is dying.”

Gutteling thinks the state should invest in an emergency medevac system and designated referral center that has the capability to take patients around the clock, he said.

“The community as a whole thinks they can go to Hilo Medical Center and they will be taken care of. That is their assumption, but it’s not true,” he said. “They pretend to have a trauma system. If we are short of specialists . we should put people on a helicopter or plane and get them out of here, instead of pretending that the community hospitals on the neighbor islands can take care of anybody at all times, because they can’t and they never will because we don’t have the population to support it.”


Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

2909, 2017

Application Now Open! NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program

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Application Cycle is Now Open!
The 2018 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) is now open and will close on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Read the 2018 Application and Program Guidance carefully before you start your application.

About the program
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program provides up to $120,000 (tax free) to medical (MD and DO) or dental (DDS or DMD) students in their final year of school in return for a commitment to provide primary health care full-time for at least 3 years or part-time for 6 years at an approved NHSC site in a Health Professional Shortage Area of greatest need.

Application Assistance
Interested applicants are encouraged to participate in one of these application events:

Application Webinar
Thursday, September 7
7:00 – 8:00 PM ET
Access Link
Phone: 1-888-787-0203 Passcode: 3261051

Application Q & A Session #1 (Online & By Phone)
Thursday, September 28
7:00 – 9:00 PM ET
Access Link
Phone: 1-888-787-0203 Passcode: 3261051

Application Q & A Session #2 (Online Only)
Tuesday, October 10
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM ET
Access Link

Additional Resources
Application and Program Guidance
Fact Sheet
Frequently Asked Questions


Learn more about the Students to Service Program from one of our participants – Brian Freeman, MD

2407, 2017

HRSA Data Warehouse

Here is a link to NEW HRSA Data Fact Sheets that provide very quick access to data by region, state, and county that might be useful.

707, 2017

Students to Service Loan Repayment Program

For medical (MD and DO) or dental (DDS or DMD) students

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Opening in August 2017

Are you a medical or dental student in your final year of school?

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) provides loan repayment to medical (MD and DO) or dental (DDS or DMD) students in their final year of school in return for a commitment to provide primary health care full time for at least 3 years at an approved NHSC site in a Health Professional Shortage Area of greatest need.

Plan Ahead

Create a Federal Student Aid ID before beginning the application process to electronically import your Federal loan information for your application.

Gather documentation you will need to submit with your application. You will need loan information verification, school transcript, verification of good standing, proof of passing Step/Level 1 of USMLE/COMLEX or documentation verifying that you have passed Part I of the National board Dental Examination, as well as letters of recommendation and a CV or resume.

Visit the Health Workforce Connector to explore the many different places that S2S LRP participants can practice after completing their residencies.

Watch this video to learn about the factors used to determine NHSC awards.