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Stephanie Myers
Interim Director

Southeast Oklahoma
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Carl Albert State College
1507 S. McKenna
Poteau, OK 74953
918.647.7108 fax

Regional Centers | Southeast

Program Summary
Health Career Exploration
SeOK AHEC has moved towards a comprehensive continuum of
training for students in rural areas. This training is to develop an
interest in health careers, foster this interest and prepare the
student to succeed when they enroll in a health career school.

We have developed a 'hub and spoke' system to reach as many
rural areas as possible with limited staff and funding.

Hubs include:

  • Poteau
  • Idabel
  • Talihina
  • McAlester

Programs are held in these sites with smaller schools coming in
to the hub site for the programming. This allows us to currently
reach 26 rural areas.

Health Career Expo
This is directed towards 5th grade students and is a derivative of
the health fair. This is much more organized and constitutes
exploration, not awareness. Students have two hours of
exploration of health careers and healthy living.  Programs
include Stomp Out Smoking, Drug Avoidance, Interactive Health Career
Presentations, and an Interactive CPR session. We have now partnered with the Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians to expand this program into new areas.

"A Day in the Life of a Community Health Center"
Thanks to a partnership with the Oklahoma Primary Care Association (OKPCA), SEAHEC is able to provide unique experiences for high school students interested in health careers. Students from the Community Health Center (CHC) service area spend a day in the facility shadowing health professionals to learn about CHCs, opportunities in health careers, and interdisciplinary teams.

Current Facilities :

  • Pushmataha Family Medical Center - Clayton, OK
  • Sequoyah County Clinic - Sallisaw, OK
  • Stigler Health and Wellness Center (McIntosh) - Eufaula, OK
  • Stigler Health and Wellness Center (Haskell)- Stigler, OK

Health Sciences Day Camps
These are 3-5 day camps located in colleges or Technology Centers at our hub sites during the summer. Students have class room time with English, Math, Biology and Chemistry labs. They also work on a public health project take tours of health facilities and college health education programs.

Summer Day Camps:
Summer day camps target 9th and 10th grade high school students with a variety of activities to promote health career exploration and health education. Click here for more info

This program stresses health careers in general and was developed in response to a need to retain students in rural communities. SMArts is a three semester program directed towards high school juniors and seniors.

Supplemental Clinical Education
SEAHEC supports rural clinical rotations and includes one or two student conferences per year as well as curriculum for additional college credit and lectures to health career students.
SEAHEC also supports the Durant Rural Family Medicine Residency program.

Clinical Rural Rotations
We maintain rotation sites in seven rural communities.
Rotations are supported by:

  • Curriculum development
  • Locating housing
  • Setting up and maintaining preceptors
  • Arranging community involvement projects for students
  • Helping with didactics and case presentations

Rotations include:

Continuing Education for Health Care Professionals
Numerous professionals have had multiple opportunities for continuing education. This includes CE for home health aids, RN’s, LPN’s, DO’s, MD’s, social workers, PA’s, nurse practitioners, dieticians, teachers, school counselors, case-workers, and pharmacists.

  • Self Study Modules allow in-service training for home health aids and nurses. These are now available on our website.
  • Local Presentations in rural areas
  • Oklahoma Immunization Conference provided CE for nurses and public health professionals for the past 5 years.
  • Interstate HIV Conference was a collaboration headed by the SEAHEC for AHEC Centers in Louisiana; Arkansas; and Texas, as well as the University of Texas, Arlington and the OK/TX AETC. Attendees represent the fields of medicine, nursing, social work and mental health.
  • OK Nursing Teachers Conference was managed by SeOK AHEC in 2005
  • OK Public Health Nurses Conference was managed by the SeOK AHEC in 2005.

Community Education
Community programs have included a “Town Hall” conference that educates the public about the 911 System and rural disaster planning. SEAHEC and OSU Extension office have provided a yearly seminar on diabetes and a monthly support group for area diabetics. We also do family planning and STD prevention presentations in our area.


Stephanie Myers
Program Coordinator