The REACH Program

(Rural Educational Approach to Community Health)

REACH Program LogoGreensboro 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 2018 program, complete the REACH Application form found below in the "Links" box.

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

Natalie Ford, UNC Physician Assistant student receives certificate of completion for participating in the 2017 R.E.A.C.H. program with Tonya Baldwin, MA, ORPCE Coordinator/Program Organizer.

Natalie Ford“My interest in the REACH program was initially sparked by the program’s commitment to rural community exposure as this is an area I plan to practice in the future. During my two weeks with the program, I was able to gain exposure to rural healthcare in a vast range of areas. I shadowed and worked with individuals throughout the county including inpatient and outpatient clinics, many areas within the health department, hospice, the chamber of commerce and the library. I thoroughly enjoyed the program, but my favorite time included the home visits. I enjoyed meeting people in their environment and working to find healthcare approaches that are individualized to the patient to help them improve their quality of life.  I would highly recommend this program to anyone interested in learning more about rural health. I was able to see and learn how many hands work together to provide care for the individuals in Asheboro. My time with the REACH program has only furthered my interest in working to care for rural communities as a future physician assistant.”

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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