Eastern MT Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

Eastern Montana Area Health Education Center (Eastern MT AHEC) at RiverStone Health is a part of an innovative statewide network of centers created to recruit, train, and retain healthcare professionals committed to providing care to underserved populations, including rural Montanans. By getting school-age and college students interested in health careers, AHEC helps ensure the next generation of healthcare professionals.

Eastern Montana AHEC coordinates clinical rotations in the Billings area for medical students in both the University of Washington’s WWAMI program.  Through partnership with RiverStone Health, high school and undergraduate students gain experience by spending time job shadowing with healthcare professionals. We also assist students in healthcare professional programs who are planning rotations at a community health center.

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Area Health Education Centers in Montana are divided into five regions plus a Montana AHEC Program Office at Montana State University in Bozeman.

The Eastern Montana AHEC Advisory Council is a diverse group of individuals from across the region.  Their varied backgrounds in healthcare, workforce development, education, science, local, state and federal policy work strengthen Eastern MT AHEC’s understanding of the opportunities and challenges in healthcare workforce creation and retention.  Meeting regularly, advisory council members are a tremendous resource to staff and the future of healthcare in the region.


Staff Members:

Mary Helgeson, Director

Nikole Bakko, Outreach Coordinator

Suzie Thomas, Student Placement Coordinator


Eastern Montana AHEC Advisory Council Members:

Scott Anderson, Billings Career Center

Dr. Carl Castles, MSU-Billings

Liz Ching, Governor’s Office of Economic Development

Norma Cleveland, City College

Crystal Colliflower, Indian Health Services

Jennifer Donovan, Mental Health Center

Katy Easton, Montana Department of Labor & Industry

Dr. Mike Hartman, Chief Dull Knife College

Bill Hodges, Big Horn County Public Health Dept.

Jay Lemelin, Adult Education

Kristina McComas, Billings Clinic

Libby Markus, St. John’s Lutheran Ministries

Sharon Peterson, Montana BioScience Alliance

Susan Swanz, Billings Area Indian Health Services

Calley Thompson, Rocky Mountain College

Ryan Tooke, Rosebud Health Care Center

Ryan Van Ballegooyen, Billings Job Service

Karin White, Central Montana Medical Center


Eastern MT AHEC at RiverStone Health
123 South 27th Street
Billings, Montana 59101
Phone: 406.247.3297
Fax: 406.651.6418

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm