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Patricia Turner, M.A.

Northeast Oklahoma
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Tulsa Community College
Northeast Campus
3727 East Apache
Tulsa, OK 74115-3151
918.595.8406 fax

Regional Centers | Northeast

Program Summary
The past year has been exhilarating with activities and growth
opportunities for Northeast AHEC! Our mission "to improve the
quality and quality of health care professionals in rural and
underserved areas of Oklahoma" remains our focus.

We remain committed to our vision of "a time when all people in
our 18 county regions achieve optimal health through access to
quality health care provided by well-trained health professionals."


Health Careers Exploration and Awareness

The Northeast Area Health Center (NEAHEC) Careers Exploration Program is staffed by Ebony Skillens and Eugene Johnson. The Exploration Program based at Tulsa Community College (TCC) serves Adair, Cherokee, Craig, Creek, Delaware, Lincoln, Mayes, Muskogee, Nowata, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Rogers, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington counties.  NEAHEC provides job shadowing, health careers workshops, career planning seminars and study trips and quest speakers for students’. The following are opportunities offered to students by NEAHEC NEAHEC Job Shadowing Program – gives students HIPPA patient confidentiality training and coordinates year round observation opportunities in their area of interest at local hospitals, community medical centers, free clinics, forensic labs and private practices.  

“Investigating Occupations” Health Careers Workshops – provides students interactive curricula to increase knowledge of the 300 career options

in the medical field duties and responsibilities, educational requirements, salary and job outlook, and anticipated lifestyle for those engaged in that career.

“Pathways to Success” Health Careers Planning Seminars – assist students to make informed decisions in choosing a career. They assess their academic ability, technology skills, talents, personality compatibility and passion as they map out their own a plan in order to achieve their career goal. The seminar also provides the importance of taking the right courses; life skills training; ACT prep; college admission requirements; financial aid and scholarship sources, student support services, internships and volunteer programs. The life skills training addresses self motivation, goal setting, problem solving, oral communication, listening, teamwork, work ethnics, leadership, time and stress management. “Classroom Teaching”- provides and assists students’ information on health careers.  Students receive a consist classroom opportunity to learn about and explore health careers 

“Medical Clubs” – provide students an opportunity to continue to explore health careers with health professional speakers, community service and job shadowing opportunities.

New Programming

Rural and Underserved Secondary Educationprovides a deliberate focus on secondary education students who are undeclared majors to consider a major in health careers.\Medical Pre-Professional Health Clubs also provide college students the opportunity to job shadow yet with a college focus


Youth Health Service Corps (YHSC) is a nationally recognized program that prepares high school students to volunteer in underserved healthcare settings under the supervisor of health care professionals while increasing their awareness of career opportunities. Developed by the Connecticut Area Health Education Center and replicated in eight other states this program has a nine-module curriculum to train students on vulnerable populations, ethical and legal issues, cultural competency, health education, disease prevention, health career exploration, health observation, emergency preparedness, peer education and leadership. NEAHEC was awarded a grant to implement the program. For more information please contact Ebony Skillens 918-595-8413 or eskillens@tulsacc.edu

Medical Explorers NE AEHC Medical Explorer Post Just as there are Boy Scout "troops" in towns and cities all across America and the world, there are Medical Exploring "posts" The program encourages students to have hands-on experience of certain training skills learned in programs such as nursing, phlebotomy, dental, paramedic and many other medical programs. The group also participates in community service, leadership and team-building skills, as well as helps students build a network for future career opportunities.


The Medical Explorers program is part of a Boy Scouts learning program created in 1997, and since then has had over 400 students participate. Although the program is associated with Boy Scouts, girls are happily welcomed!

Each meeting is unique and the students have the opportunity to engage in hands on activities related to various career paths in healthcare. This program provides Explorers information on education requirements, potential salaries and typical responsibilities of careers in a health system.

What do Medical Explorers do?

  1. Medical Explorers attend monthly meetings featuring speakers from a variety of health care fields (i.e. physicians, RNs, etc.) who provide a personal perspective of their career. The meetings typically include hands-on learning experiences and tours of health care departments.

  2. Medical Explorers also participate in Job Shadowing opportunities in various departments. Departments that have hosted Medical Explorers students in the past include: OB/GYN, Regional Cancer Center, and Surgery - to name a few.

  3. Medical Explorers also have the opportunity to volunteer at community events, such as the health fairs.

When do Medical Explorers meet?

  • Medical Explorers meet twice a month. Meetings occur on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday from 6:00-7:30 pm.

  • The meetings are held at OSU Health Science Center - unless a tour or other event is planned.

What is the fee to join Medical Explorers?

The cost to participate in the Medical Explorers program is $15.00 for the entire year.(scholarships available)

Who can I contact for more information?

For more information or to be added to the Medical Explorers mailing list, please contact:

Ebony Skillens at: 918-595-8413 eskillens@tulsacc.edu


Health Career Curriculum Used at NEAHEC

Primary Classroom/Club Material

Exploring Faces of Opportunities w/video

Health Career Discoveries w/video

Mystery Health Career Experience

Youth Health Service Corps

The Apprentice Doctor Kits

Supplement material used to enhance the primary materials

Health Science Career Exploration (text book used in high schools)

Diversified Health Occupations (text book used in high schools)

Fitness, Food and Fun Manual

Safety and Life Skills Manual

Health Careers Camp Instruction Manual

Building Blocks for Elementary Career Awareness Manual

Career Day Activities Manual

College Finance 101: Planning and Paying for College Manual


Frequently Used Websites


National AHEC.Com

OKCIS.Com (with teacher access)


Medical Bingo

Medical Taboo

Displays:  note we have several displays/handouts we use when presenting on a specific topic, examples:

Drug Display (this display shows all the illicit drugs and the effects of using them), Nutrition Display (this display allows the students to see how many calories, carbs, etc are in there favorite fast foods).

Some of the handouts include:

Stress Management,

Saying No to Drugs and Alcohol,

Saying No to Tobacco,

Proper Nutrition  

Clinical Education Support
Dianne Bostic is the staff member with focus on programs concerning clinical healthcare students. Rural clinical rotations are supported for several disciplines and from several different Universities. These rotations offer students insight into the practice of rural medicine and are a means of influencing their choice of where to practice after graduation. Our role in these off campus rotations may include:

  • housing assistance
  • recruitment and maintenance of preceptors
  • community involvement by the students and even curriculum input

The Tar Creek Superfund site in Northeast Oklahoma was developed as a new opportunity for clinical students. Physician assistant students from Kansas and Pennsylvania were also supported in their rural NE Oklahoma internship experiences.

A mental health rotation experience was facilitated for Tulsa Community College nursing students along with Oral Roberts University nursing students’ rural rotation in the Pawhuska community.

African American Tobacco Network
Chris Rogers, through a contract with the Oklahoma State Department of Health, has focus on ethnic tobacco issues. This is a state wide project with focus on the:

  • prevention of tobacco use by youth
  • prevention of exposure to environment tobacco smoke
  • promotion of tobacco cessation among youth and adults

A steering committee has been established and is quite active with the identified tasks. Many community activities have been planned, coordinated, and implemented though the steering committee and local community members.

Recent Camps

Math And Science in Health (MASH) Camp- Urban Focus
Tulsa, Booker T. Washington High School
Grades 10-12
Dates: June 13-17 and June 20-24, 2011
Math and Science in Health Careers (MASH) is a five day camp funded through a Summer Academies grant from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. MASH Camp incorporates math and science into learning about health careers.  Students selected will receive a $150 stipend and participate in activities such as wound dressing, first aid, using a spirometer, career advisement, financial aid guidance, and much more!  Sponsored by the NEAHEC and Booker T. Washington High School. For more information call the Northeast AHEC at 918-595-8404. Click the links for Press Release and Application.

Camp MA (Medical Apprentice) (Revised)
Tulsa Technology Center, Lemley Campus
Ages 13-16
Date: June 14-17, 2010
Do you want to explore health careers?  You’ll learn more about health professions beyond doctors and nurses.  You’ll have the opportunity to explore allied health fields such as occupational therapy, optometry, phlebotomy, and more!  You’ll learn by being involved in hands-on activities used by health professionals and listening to guest speakers in these occupations.  Experience the excitement and fascination of these high demand careers!
For more information call the Northeast AHEC at 918-595-8404 .

Math And Science in Health (MASH) Camp- Rural Focus
Muskogee, Indian Capital Technology Center
Grades 10-12
Date: July 12-16, 2010
Math and Science in Health Careers (MASH) is a five day camp funded through a Summer Academies grant from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. MASH Camp incorporates math and science into learning about health careers.  Students participate in activities such as DNA extraction, measuring lung volumes, strength testing, and much more!  Sponsored by the NEAHEC and Indian Capital Technology Center. For more information call the Northeast AHEC at 918-595-8404.

Camp M.D.  (Medical Detectives)
TCC Northeast Campus
Ages 10 - 13
Date: July 26-29, 2010
Explore a wide variety of health careers through hands on investigations.  Solve mysteries through a “House” approach.  Be part of a medical team to solve a mock medical mystery and more!
For more information call the Northeast AHEC at 918-595-8404.




Dianne Hayes
Administrative Assistant

Allison Seigars
Clinical Education Coordinator


Gene Johnson
Health Careers Coordinator
Education Specialist