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.

Workforce Summit
Workforce Summit
Loan Repayment
Loan Repayment
Pre-Health Career Corps
Pre-Health Career Corps
Request a Speaker
Request a Speaker
Doctor Jobs
Doctor Jobs
Health Care Jobs
Health Care Jobs
Workforce Statistics
Hawaii Physician Workforce Statistics
Health Career Navigator
Download the Book
Heath Career Website
Visit Health Careers Website
Project ECHO
ECHO Hawaii
Teen Health Camp
Teen Health Camp

Download “Hawaii Health Career Navigator” Hawaii-Health-Career-Navigator-Spring-2016-Web-Version.pdf – Downloaded 76 times – 14 MB


2505, 2016

HRSA Faculty Loan Repayment Program Now Open

Faculty Loan Repayment Program

Application cycle is open

The 2016 Faculty Loan Repayment Program application cycle is now open and will close onJune 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Read the 2016 Application and Program Guidance (PDF – 374 KB) carefully before you start your 2016 Faculty Loan Repayment Program application.

Technical Assistance

Participate in the Faculty Loan Repayment Program Technical Assistance Conference Call:

Date/Time: June 9 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET
Dial-in: 1-888-982-4610
Passcode: 2741206

About the program

The Faculty Loan Repayment Program provides loan repayment to individuals who have an interest in pursuing a career as a faculty member in a health professions school. Program applicants must be from a disadvantaged background, have an eligible health professions degree or certificate, and have an employment commitment as a faculty member at an approved health professions institution for a minimum of two-years.



Program participants receive funds (up to $40,000 for two-years of service) to repay the outstanding principal and interest of qualifying educational loans. The qualifying educational loans must be obtained prior to the application deadline of June 30, 2016.

Funding Preferences

To obtain funding preference an applicant must:

  • Be employed full-time or part-time at an eligible health professions school
  • Submit a written agreement that the school will match the award payment from the Faculty Loan Repayment Program

Apply Now

Learn More
Application and Program Guidance (PDF – 374 KB)

Faculty Loan Repayment Fact Sheet (PDF – 240 KB)


(TTY: 1-877-897-9910)

Weekdays (except Federal holidays), 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET

1905, 2016

AHEC Staff Presents Research at National NIH SEPA Conference

The Hawaii Science Career Inspiration (HiSCI) program at the University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine (Rachel Boulay and Kira Hughes) along with Dr. Kelley Withy (AHEC Director) presented their research at a recent National Institutes of Health conference during a poster session. The presentation, entitled “HiSCI: Engaging K-12 Students and Teachers in Biomedical/Clinical Health Sciences” describes the various projects that HiSCI is undertaking as well as the types of community partnerships that make such projects work. To learn more about the grant click here ( but note that the first link on the new page is not correct.

Click below to view the poster and learn all about the HiSCI program!

HiSCI conference poster


1905, 2016

New Public Health Videos Available

Our partner with the Western Regional Public Health Training Center (PHTC) and Fiji National University, Brian Mangum (Epidemiologist and Professor), has developed new educational training videos relevant to public health concerns in the Pacific Basin region.

If you want a certificate of completion for any of the videos below, send Brian an email at ( with the video(s) you watched and he will email your certificate to you.


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Focus Groups and Public Health: Creating Greater Community Engagement (00:04:50)


Tobacco Control: Going Beyond Taxation (00:05:03)


Tobacco Use and Poverty in the USAPI: Why Do The Poor Smoke (00:44:06)


No Public Health Without Mental Health: Integrating Mental Health Into Public Health Systems (00:44:05)


Crisis and Emergency Communications: A Primer for Public Health and Other Practitioners (00:58:39)


Zika Virus and Public Health in the Pacific: What You Need To Know for Public Health Practitioners (00:26:28)


Drought in the Northern Pacific: Potential Public Health Impacts (00:45:21)


Type 2 Diabetes and Public Health: Correlates and Prevention (00:58:12)


Childhood Obesity Programs: Comparative Effectiveness of Interventions (00:39:36)


Obesity Prevention and Control: The Healthy Communities Approach (01:29:58)


Global Economic and Nutritional Shifting: Roots of the Global NCD Pandemic (01:23:24)


903, 2016

National Health Service Corps (NHSC) 2016 Scholarship Program Applications Now Open



Accepting Applications through April 28, 7:30 p.m. ET

The NHSC Scholarship Program is available to individuals accepted to or enrolled in an accredited U.S. school to become a primary care physician (MD or DO), dentist, nurse practitioner (post graduate degree with clinical practice focus), certified nurse-midwife or physician assistant.The scholarship pays tuition, fees, other educational costs, and provides a living stipend in return for a commitment to work at least 2 years at an NHSC-approved site in a medically underserved community.

For each year of financial support (up to four years), the student agrees to serve one year (minimum two years) at an NHSC-approved site in a high-need urban, rural, or frontier community. There are over 100 approved sites in Nevada; a pdf list is available for download from the Nevada Primary Care Office website (PDF – 204 KB). Service begins after graduation (and completion of primary care residency training for doctors and dentists). The NHSC helps scholars find a practice site that’s right for them. When in service, scholars earn a market-rate salary, paid by the employing facility. The 2016 Application and Program Guidance (PDF – 433 KB) has the detailed information needed to apply. Please read carefully before starting a Scholarship Program application.

Feel free to contact Scott Jones of the Nevada Primary Care Office at (775) 684-4047 or if you have any questions about the program.


Application Help:

NHSC Scholarship Application and Program Guidelines Webinar
March 24, 2016 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET
 Number: 1-888-566-6151 Passcode: 5672258

Access link

NHSC Scholarship Program Technical Assistance Conference Call
April 14, 2016 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET
Number: 1-888-566-6151 Passcode: 9730122


Here is a link to the NHSC Scholarship program with a short You Tube animated video clip (2min 18 sec) about the selection process for all three programs: Scholarship, Students to Service and Loan Repayment.

Eligible Disciplines:

  • Physicians (MD or DO)
  • Dentists
  • Nurse Practitioners (post graduate degree with clinical practice focus)
  • Certified Nurse-Midwives
  • Physician Assistants

703, 2016

Continuing Education Opportunities for CHES, CSACs, and Social Workers in Hawaii!

Continuing Education Opportunities for CHES/MCHES, CSACs, and Social Workers in Hawaii!

Join us on the following days from Noon-1:30pm at the Queens Medical Center Conference Center OR from your own computer via live webcast to earn continuing education credits for Certified Health Education Specialists, Certified Substance Abuse Counselors, and Social Workers. These training events have been approved for 1.5 CE for CSACs, 1 CE for Social Workers, and 2 CECH for CHES.

  • Friday March 18, 2016: Collaborating for Health Public Housing
  • Friday April 8, 2016: How to Use Data to Improve Outcomes and Guide Policy

We have training events monthly and will be providing more information on this. To see the 2016 Schedule, go to:

To REGISTER, go to the above link, click on the event you want to attend, click “Register” and follow the instructions.

NOTE: Registration is REQUIRED if you are seeking Continuing Education.

1702, 2016

Webinar: “From Zero to 60: Medical-Legal Partnership Fundamentals & Strategies”

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

10 am HST / 12 pm PST / 2 pm CST / 3 pm EST (please note the time for your location)

Addressing patients’ health-harming civil legal needs as part of primary care has emerged as a critical strategy for HRSA funded health centers seeking to address the social determinants of health. Over 75 health centers incorporate civil legal aid as part of the healthcare team to help meet the housing, income, education and other needs of low- income populations, with more in the pipeline. Core components of a successful medical-legal partnership feature strong integration of the health and legal partners, shared priorities, funding and mission, and shared communication and training strategies.

This webinar aims to help participants understand: the medical-legal partnership (MLP) approach and field, and how it aligns with existing health centers’ services and priorities, especially enabling services; the skills, resources and capacity of the civil legal aid community; and the opportunities for multi-sector engagement across all health centers and civil legal aid offices with a focus on population health strategies.

For more information, please contact Valerie Gallo at 415-437-8095 or


HRSA – Office of Regional Operations (San Francisco, CA)

Valerie Gallo, MPH – Public Health Analyst

The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership (Washington, DC)

Ellen Lawton, JD – Co-Principal Investigator

Sharena Hagins, MPH, CHES – Senior Research Assistant

The Children’s Clinic / Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (Long Beach, CA)

Elisa Nicholas, MD , MSPH – Chief Executive Officer, The Children’s Clinic

Kate Marr, JD – Managing Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles

Waimanalo Health Center/Medical-Legal Partnership Hawaii (Honolulu, HI)

Mary Frances Oneha, APRN, PhD, Chief Executive Officer – Waimanalo Health Center

Dina Shek, JD – Legal Director – Medical-Legal Partnership Hawaii

Erie Family Health Center/Health Justice Project (Chicago, IL)

David Buchanan, MD, MS – Chief Clinical Officer – Erie Family Health Center

Emily A. Benfer, JD, LLM – Director – Health Justice Project, Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy, Loyola University Chicago School of Law


1002, 2016

NHSC Loan Repayment Program


NHSC Loan Repayment Program



Accepting applications through April 5, 7:30 p.m. ET

2016 Application and Program Guidance (PDF -401 KB) has the detailed information you need to apply. Please read carefully before you start your Loan Repayment Program application.

Primary care medical, dental and mental/behavioral health clinicians can get up to $50,000 to repay their health profession student loans in exchange for a two-year commitment to work at an approved NHSC site in a high-need, underserved area. The payment is free from Federal income tax and is made at the beginning of service so you can more quickly pay down your loans. Approved sites are located across the U.S., in both urban and rural areas.

After completing your initial service commitment, you can apply to extend your service and receive additional loan repayment assistance.

The amount you receive and length of your commitment depends on where you serve (service at sites in higher need areas yields greater loan repayments). It also depends on whether you select the full-time or half-time option. See the 2016 Application and Program Guidance (PDF – 401 KB) for details. See if your site is already approved at the NHSC Jobs Center.

The NHSC gives priority consideration to eligible applicants whose NHSC-approved site(s) has a HPSA score of 26 to 14, in descending order, until funding is exhausted.

Application Help
Ask questions and learn more about the NHSC Loan Repayment Program and application process.

NHSC Loan Repayment Program Application and Program Guidelines Webinar
February11, 2016 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET
Dial in: 1-888-566-6151 Passcode: 4221465

NHSC Loan Repayment Program Technical Assistance Conference Calls
February 25, 2016 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET
March 10, 2016 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET
Dial in: 1-888-566-6151
Participant passcode: 4221465



Member Stories

Photo of Lucia Lopez, PA 

Lucia Lopez, PA

Physician Assistant at Downtown Health Plaza and OB/GYN in Winston-Salem, NC

photo of Tracy Bowers, NP 

Tracy Bowers, NP

Nurse Practitioner at Downtown Health Plaza in Winston-Salem, NC

still image from NHSC video 

Factors for Determining an NHSC Award

How awards are determined for the NHSC Loan Repayment, Scholarship and Students to Service programs.



The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) helps bring health care to those who need it most. Since 1972, we have been building healthy communities by connecting primary health care providers to areas of the United States with limited access to care.

More than 45,000 primary care medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health professionals have served in the National Health Service Corps since its inception.



1811, 2015

News Release, your grants, UH Mānoa

Click here for more information.

1011, 2015

NIH LRPs: Now Accepting Applications

Dear NIH Loan Repayment Programs Subscriber,

The NIH Loan Repayment Programs are accepting applications now through November 16, 2015.

In exchange for a two-year research commitment, the NIH LRPs will repay up to $70,000 in eligible student loan debt to researchers and health professionals conducting qualifying research funded by domestic non-profit or government organizations.

The 2016 Loan Repayment Programs applications deadline is November 16, 2015 at 8:00 PM. Please visit our webpage at to learn more about eligibility and to apply.

If you are not eligible for the LRPs, kindly pass along this announcement to a colleague that may be interested.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact our Information Center, Monday-Friday, from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, EST. We can be reached by phone at 866-849-4047 and by email at

Our Information Center will be available to answer your questions on November 11 (Veteran’s Day) and on Saturday, November 14 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, EST.

Apply Today!
The NIH Loan Repayment Programs

2610, 2015

National Health Service Corps 101 Webcast (Wednesday, October 28, 2015 12:30 PM) Register Now!

Since 1972, the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) has been building healthy communities by increasing the primary care workforce nationwide in the communities that need it most. The NHSC provides financial, professional and educational resources to medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health care providers who bring their skills to areas of the United States with limited access to health care.

If you know someone who is pursuing a career in primary care, please encourage them to join the NHSC for a live webcast featuring National Health Service Corps providers on Wednesday, October 28th from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm EDT.
A brief presentation about the National Health Service Corps Scholarship, Loan Repayment and Students to Service Loan Repayment Programs will also be provided followed by a brief Q&A session.

Registration is required:

Cost: Free

Thank you! We look forward to your participation.