PreK-12 Programs

PreK-12 Programs

Eastern Arizona Area Health Education Center (EAHEC) strives to expose pre-school through twelfth grade students in rural and other medically underserved communities within Gila, Graham, Greenlee and Pinal Counties to learning opportunities, career exploration, camps and services available with the goal to “Grow Our Own” health care providers and increase the number of youth entering health professions.


Hand Washing

Our Hand Washing presentation is geared at preschool, kindergarten and first grade students to provide an understanding of what germs are and where they come from, as well as proper hand washing skills using fun, interactive activities working towards flu prevention within the school environment.

Oral Hygene

The Oral Hygiene presentation presents the importance of oral hygiene to third grade students, focusing on primary and secondary teeth, how often to brush, along with the proper brushing and flossing techniques through interactive discussion and activities.

Job Shadowing

EAHEC collaborates with local hospitals to provide Job Shadowing opportunities to high school students through a half-day observational experience, which offers a glimpse into a typical workday in a specific career field. Through this opportunity, students are able to see what a certain job will be like and allows them to ask questions to the professionals they are shadowing.


Health Career Presentation

Health Career Presentations include an overview of the top rated health care careers in both allied and non-allied health professions including job descriptions, salaries, formal education needed and projected health care career needs. Our Health Coordinator can speak to selected classes or groups and/or participate in Career Day/Fair-type activities.


SCRUBS Camp is a health career summer camp for students entering 7th, 8th and 9th grades, giving exposure to different health careers, medical vocabulary and introductions to healthcare professionals within their community. This three-day camp includes lectures and hands-on activities which can include dissections, working on mannequins, CPR training, practicing IV blood draws on artificial training arms and learning different surgical techniques such as suturing, stapling and using surgical glue. Campers tour their local hospital as well as an ambulance, fire truck and air ambulance helicopter while learning from local nursing, medical and emergency response personnel.


Future Health Leaders Camp

EAHEC collaborates with other Arizona AHEC’s to provide a one-week summer camp in June for incoming sophomore, junior and senior high school students across Arizona who are interested in future health care careers. The camp exposes students to college campus life while exploring various health careers through presentations, tours and hands-on activities while also enjoying many fun extra-curricular activities throughout the week.

Med-Start Health Careers program

Med-Start, sponsored by the University of Arizona Health Sciences-Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Arizona Area Health Education Centers is a summer academic enrichment program for any 11th grade Arizona high school student interested in a health career. This program helps young people prepare for their future in the health professions by exploring career opportunities and providing college-level coursework in English and Science. Students participate in the program during the summer between their junior and senior years of high school.

For more information regarding attending this camp, please contact Med-Start by clicking the link below.