Information From Health Education Center 

Health Profession Student Scholarship

The Health Education Center (HEC) will award several scholarships between $250 and $500 to students studying in a health profession field. Scholarships are limited to students residing in Windham County or New London County, Connecticut. Students must plan to enter the health field and remain in Connecticut upon graduation to serve medically underserved or vulnerable populations. Medically underserved and vulnerable populations include, but are not limited to, racial and ethnic minorities, residents in rural communities, under- or uninsured, and immigrant residents.

 Qualifications/ Eligibility Criteria:

▪ Applicant must be a high school senior or college student from Windham or New London counties, CT.

▪ Applicant must submit the completed scholarship application available below.

▪ All applicants must submit a personal statement (500 words or less) that summarizes how public health and/or vulnerable populations fit into their overall work. The personal statement should illustrate what the applicant plans to do upon their return to Eastern Connecticut after graduation and how they will help the community.

Submission deadline is yearly on July 15th. Awards will be announced no later than August 1st.
Apply through this link—> https://healtheducenter.org/scholarships

AmeriCorps FY2021 Application is Now Open

The Health Education Center hosts four AmeriCorps Members annually with CT AHEC’s HealthForward Program. These members spend 10 months working hands-on with vulnerable populations to bridge the gap many face in accessing health care as well as access to health care education. If you have an interest in public health, health care, or community care, apply for this fantastic AmeriCorps position. To learn more about salary, expectations and reward, please visit https://healtheducenter.org/americorps.

For our FY2020, we have been blessed to have Natalie Crino, Katerine Cuzco, Randi Matzenbacher, and Francesca Pavia. Here’s Randi’s story:
Randi Matzenbacher currently serves as HEC’s Community Based Experiential Training (CBET) Coordinator. In HEC’s FY2019, she served as our Youth Health Service Corps (YHSC) Coordinator. Randi has her Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and Psychology. In addition to her service coordinating programs, Randi has acquired her CPR Instructor certification.

When asked about her service, Randi had this to say:
“I have always had a passion for helping others. I was new to Connecticut when I found the AmeriCorps position. I thought that this was the perfect way to get to know my community while working in a field that I am excited about. I gained a lot from my two service terms. I learned more about my community and the diverse population within it. In my current term I’ve gained confidence in my skills working with people and finding solutions to issues associated with the social determinates of health. I know that the experiences that I have had with AmeriCorps have shaped my professional and personal life and will be greatly beneficial to me in the future.”

Randi has served over 300 individuals and completed over 2500 hours of service within the AmeriCorps program. At the end of her current term she plans to take some time off to spend with her newborn before applying for a Master of Social Work program.