Panhandle AHEC



Staff

Tommy Sweat  
Center Director
Office Phone: 806-651-3481
Fax Phone: 806-651-3489

Stephanie Loya, CBE  
Coordinator
Office Phone: 806.651.3482
Fax Phone: 806-651-3489


Panhandle AHEC

West Texas A&M University
WTAMU Box 61003
Canyon, TX 79016-0001

Our Mission

To address the healthcare provider shortage; and improve healthcare access in West Texas, through education and development of the healthcare workforce.

Goals

To accomplish our mission, Panhandle AHEC engages in the following activities and services within our service region, the top twenty counties of the Texas Panhandle.

  1. Engage students at the high school level in exploring healthcare careers utilizing Junior Scholars programs such as the
    1. Youth Health Service Corps, a 6 module curriculum which includes topics such as:
      1. Leadership and Service Learning
      2. Vulnerable Populations
      3. Ethical and Legal Issues
      4. Health Career Exploration
      5. Health Career Skills
    2. The Youth Health Service Corps program is also supplemented by job shadowing activities at local healthcare facilities where students gain a unique understanding of what is required to become a healthcare professional as well as CPR training.
    3. Utilizing the Scrubs Club, Pathways to Health Careers, curriculum as a standalone program or in conjunction with and/or a supplement to the Youth Health Service Corps program or Health Occupation Student Association schools in our service region.
  2. Supporting students at Amarillo College pursuing certifications as Certified Nurse Aide, Patient Care Technician, and EKG Technician by providing training aides and equipment which students utilize as part of their hands on training prior to interacting with actual patients during the clinical phase of their curriculum
  3. Supporting students at the Frank Phillips College Vocational Nursing Program by providing equipment which students utilize as part of their hands on training prior to interacting with actual patients during the clinical phase of their curriculum
  4. Supporting students at Amarillo College by providing equipment which students utilize as part of their hands on training prior to interacting with actual patients during the clinical phase of their curriculum who are pursuing an Associate Degree in the following disciplines:
    1. Emergency Medical Services Professions
    2. Respiratory Care Program
    3. Nuclear Medicine Technology Program
  5. Beginning in the fall of 2018 implement an AHEC Scholars program to support selected students at area Community Colleges and Universities who are in an associates degree program or last two years of their bachelors or master’s degree program to enhance their academic and clinical training utilizing the AHEC Scholars on-line curriculum and incorporate supplemental clinical components into their prescribed clinical experience. Students who successfully complete this program would be eligible for a monetary stipend.
  6. Provide logistical services for continuing education programs in conjunction with the Amarillo College Center for Continuing Healthcare Education and other providers to support the healthcare workforce. Types of support provided is specific to the needs of each partner which include all or some of the following activities:
    1. Serve as fiscal agent for registration fees and sponsorship payments
    2. Creation of marketing material and marketing of the event
    3. Printing of event materials
    4. Serve as registration point of contact
    5. Coordinate and organize the event with all partners
    6. Provide other logistical support as requested.
  7. Will be implementing a Community Health Worker continuing education program in conjunction with the West Texas AHEC Program office to provide required education programs to maintain an individuals existing Community Health Workers certification.
  8. Support the placement of health professions students in community settings. Students are completing the clinical phase of their health professions training and are being mentored by local physicians and other health professionals.
  9. Coordinates the clinical placement of nursing students with hospitals and healthcare facilities in our region from the following programs:
    1. West Texas A&M University Department of Nursing, BSN
    2. Amarillo College Health Sciences Division, Associate Degree in Nursing, ADN
    3. Amarillo College Health Sciences Division, Vocational Nursing, LVN
    4. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock campus, BSN
    5. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, 2nd Degree Program, Amarillo Campus
    6. Clarendon College Vocational Nursing
    7. Oklahoma Panhandle State University, EMS Program
    8. South Plains Community College, ADN Program