Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center (SVTAHEC) is pleased to announce that they have selected Johanna McLeod as the newest Health Careers Educator. In her role as Health Careers Educator, McLeod will combine nearly a decade of teaching experience with the knowledge and skills from her most recent roles as Clinician Recruitment Liaison and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. Johanna holds a Master’s in English Literature from Middlebury Breadloaf School of English, and a Bachelor’s in English from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She resides in Brattleboro and has been involved with several groups and initiatives that work toward health equity for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ people in Vermont.

“I am excited to be a part of the mission of Southern Vermont AHEC to help young people discover and explore their interests in healthcare careers,” McLeod reports.

“The work that SVTAHEC does to increase education, access, and equity for healthcare career development is critical to the future both of our students and of our population as a whole, and I am so happy to have the opportunity to collaborate on programs that will lead to stronger, healthier communities across Southern Vermont.”

Johanna joins the team in time to deliver AHEC’s new virtual program, MedQ EXPLORE, this summer. MedQ EXPLORE acts as a virtual adaptation of AHEC’s flagship in-person program, MedQuest. These health career exploration programs provide high school students with opportunities to investigate various health careers while gaining comfort in a higher education atmosphere. Through interactive presentations and job-shadowing experiences, students strengthen their leadership skills and gain a clearer understanding of career options in health care.

“We are thrilled to welcome Johanna to Southern Vermont AHEC,” says Executive Director Jennifer Scott. “While her knowledge and abilities make her an expert, it’s her care and compassion, authenticity, and dedication to helping others that set her apart from others in her field.”