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Southeast Idaho AHEC Evaluation Report

In the summer of 2020, researchers from the Southeast Idaho Area Health Education Center (AHEC) at the Institute of Rural Health, Idaho State University, conducted a qualitative, exploratory evaluation of the AHEC Scholars Program. The purpose of this qualitative, exploratory study was to evaluate the AHEC Scholar host experiences, build relationships, and gain a richer understanding of the perspectives of providers in the SEID AHEC service area, especially in relation to health needs and interprofessional dynamics.  Additionally, It was done to add to the sparse amount of literature available about Idaho in general and Southeast Idaho more specifically.

The guide ensured that three central questions were answered:

  1. How do site personnel (hosts) evaluate their experiences with CEC training?
  2. How do site personnel (hosts) explain and contextualize health issues and solutions facing the communities where SEID AHEC Scholars complete CEC training?
  3. How do site personnel (hosts) describe the interdisciplinary nature of healthcare in their communities?