The REACH Program

(Rural Educational Approach to Community Health)

REACH Program Logo 2018 Greensboro AHEC will be seeking candidates for the R.E.A.C.H Program, a summer rural health program  in Asheboro, North Carolina. Candidates must currently attend a North Carolina school and have successfully completed their first year by May 2018. If interested in applying for the Summer 2019 program, complete the REACH Application form found below in the "Links" box. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

Program Highlights

The R.E.A.C.H Summer Program is an externship for first & second year Medical, Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner students. It exposes students to rural community medicine through several different learning experiences. The program requires a two week and one day commitment from each student. Students will receive a $1000 stipend, free housing and some meals will be provided. Students are required to provide their own transportation.

Through the R.E.A.C.H Summer Program students will:

  • Shadow and network with rural health professionals
  • Experience the richness of community and family
  • Gain knowledge from interdisciplinary training
  • Develop an appreciation of the history and culture found in a rural community

AdrienneThis year’s participant Adrienne White, is a Nurse Practitioner student from UNC Wilmington. Adrienne currently works part-times as a nurse and has a passion for serving those in need. Her focus as a Nurse Practitioner would be on health literacy, preventative care and disease management.

 “Small town. Country Living.  Rural communities can be found all across North Carolina. It is important that healthcare providers are aware of, understand and are capable of meeting the needs of this patient population. The R.E.A.C.H program opens the doors to fulfilling this need.”

For more information contact, Tonya Baldwin, MA, ORPCE Coordinator by email tonya.baldwin@conehealth.com or phone at 336-832-8566.

Video below: Omar Acosta, UNCSOM first year medical student, discusses his participation in the 2016 R.E.A.C.H. program.


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