Permian Basin AHEC



Staff

Elisa Williford  
Center Director
Office Phone: 432-685-4797
Cell Phone: 432-934-4398

Kathy Johnston  
Secretary/CHW
Office Phone: 432-685-4794


Permian Basin AHEC

3600 N Garfield, TC 140A
Midland, TX 79705


Our office is located in the heart of the Permian Basin at Midland College, in Midland, Texas. We cover a 27 county area in West Texas; promoting & educating students regarding healthcare careers; working with healthcare professionals by providing continuing education opportunities & coordinating clinical to rotations for healthcare students; and working with community healthcare providers & local organizations to address healthcare issues especially in regard to rural and undeserved communities.

Our Mission

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

Programs

Community Based Education
Facilitate rural clinical training experiences for healthcare professions students by placing them in clinical settings covering medicine, nursing, pharmacy and allied health. Students are placed in rural and undeserved West Texas communities to strengthen their education by directly participating in hands-on rural experiences. Healthcare professionals throughout West Texas serve as community-based preceptors.

Heath Careers Pipeline
Introduce youth (9 – 12th grades) to health careers with special emphasis on rural and underserved communities. Students receive information about health careers through presentations and interactive formats. Facilitate the Texas H.O.T. Jobs resource platform; the only comprehensive resource about healthcare opportunities for career seekers in Texas (www.texashotjobs.org).

Summer camps
Summer camps are held that provide hands-on activities for students interested in health careers. Students meet and observe healthcare professionals in their various organizational settings; giving them an opportunity to see first-hand the environment, speak with healthcare professionals, and begin to understand what various health careers are about, and what opportunities are “out there”.

Youth Health Service Corp.
(YHSC) is a volunteer program sponsored & coordinated by Midland Memorial Hospital & Memorial Hospital, Seminole Hospital District, and PB AHEC. Students shadow health career professionals, volunteer, and receive training under the supervision of hospital staff and AHEC coordinators. This is a program we plan to offer to other healthcare organizations in rural, West Texas.

Community Health Worker
CHW training is available through our program. Participants must complete 160 hours of instruction to receive the Texas State certification.

Health Match (Job Fair)
AHEC works to provide a platform where local vendors and healthcare students can come together and see what job opportunities for employment are available within the West Texas community.



Regional
Resources

Jeanette Frantz
Center for Advancing Professional Excellence at Midland Memorial Hospital

Joan Adams
CNO for Seminole Memorial Hospital

Physician Assistant Society

Jennifer Hale
Cardiac Rehab Manager/Nursing Education
Mitchell County Hospital

John Graves
CEO
Lillian Hudspeth Memorial Hospital