Community Projects

Summer Projects

As part of our mission to provide health professions students with rural experiences, Southern Vermont AHEC has offered two-to four-week summer projects to students at the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at the University of Vermont.

In 2020, Southern Vermont AHEC is seeking two graduate Health Professions students to learn about and examine the challenges that face rural Vermont patients. Learning objectives include the following:

  • Understand the role of a Community-Based Physician based in a rural Satellite Center
  • Identify the medical and patient value of home visits
  • Assess the community and medical resources available that assist rural patients
  • Identify the gaps that prevent or inhibit best evidence-based patient care
  • Describe medical and social determinants of health in the population served by this practice
  • Discuss benefits of an interdisciplinary perspective in addressing barriers and gaps

Personal transportation is required. Housing can be arranged. Dates to be determined.

A stipend of $1,250 for 100 hours is provided.

For a full description of the program click here: Student Projects PDF

Contact Susan White at for more information.

“My summer working with Regina was truly the most educational clinical experience I have had to date…I was able to build relationships within this community, helping me to begin to understand where we are deficient in care, and perhaps, how I could improve care in this community one day. Though only rudimentary, I am humbled by my new insight into daily challenges faced by seniors in our community.”-Elizabeth Baumgartner, Second-year Med Student at UVM COM and participant in SVTAHEC’s 2019 Rural Medicine Community Project in collaboration with Mountain Valley Health Clinic and Neighborhood Connections in Londonderry, VT.

Family Medicine Student Community Health Improvement Project

The Community Health Improvement Project is part of the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont Family Medicine student clinical rotations. For Larner College of Medicine 3rd year students on Family Medicine rotations, AHEC will connect you to community resources, county demographic information and contacts for your community health Improvement Projects. Contact Susan White for more information, sample projects or community health topics.

Examples of Student Community Health Improvement Projects in the last few years include:

  • “Shared Decision-Making in the Clinical Practice” Castleton Family Health Center
  • “Reducing Fall Risk”, Grace Cottage Family Health, Townshend
  • “Stress Management for Teenagers”, Chester Family Medicine
  • “Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Bennington”
  • “Access to Care: Steps to Follow”, Springfield Health Center

FMSCHI Project