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Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center awards mini-grants

Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center awards mini-grants

1/30/2013 | University Communications

The Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center (SWI-AHEC) recently awarded more than $15,000 in mini-grants to six regional organizations. The grants were awarded in three programming areas - engaging youth in health careers, creating targeted clinical experiences for students in health professions programs, and developing continuing education programs for health professionals. 

Mini-grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center– to support continuing education for nurses on evidence-based practices related to lactation and breastfeeding support for patients and the community.

YWCA of Evansville – to support Career Camp, a program for selected participants of the Live Y’ers program teaching them about health careers through field trips, guest speakers, and targeted activities.

University of Evansville – to support a community clinical placement and service learning project for University of Evansville nursing students to provide health education to medically underserved Posey County residents who utilize food pantries.

University of Southern Indiana – to support an interdisciplinary service learning project during the spring semester for USI students to provide health screenings for the Latino population at the Juan Diego Center in Evansville.

St. Mary’s Medical Center of Evansville – to support HCAMPS 2013, a one-week summer camp for middle-school students to learn about health careers and develop a personal wellness plan.

Deaconess Hospital and Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation - to support scholarships for students to participate in the 23rd annual Health Science Institute, which is a two-week residential camp to help prepare regional high school students for health care careers.

Founded in 2008, SWI-AHEC’s mission is to improve health by recruiting, educating, and retaining health care professionals in underserved communities in Southwest Indiana. It is hosted by the University of Southern Indiana and is one of eight regional AHECs in Indiana. The Indiana AHEC Network is housed within the IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis.

For more information, contact Jane Friona, SWI-AHEC executive director, at 812/461-5446 or


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