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.
- Montana Family Medicine Residency — Montana’s first graduate medical education program
- Frontier AIDS Education & Training Center (FAETC) — providing HIV/AIDS training to healthcare professionals throughout Montana
- WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) Billings Track Office – offering clinical rotation opportunities for third and fourth year WWAMI medical students
- Continuing education workshops for Limited Permit holders, Basic X-Ray technicians and other healthcare providers
- Educational opportunities for K-12 students
- Job shadowing opportunities
- Population Health Internship
- Family Medicine sub-internships
- HPV Immunization Project
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.
Mary Helgeson, Director
Nikole Bakko, Outreach Coordinator
Suzie Thomas, Student Placement Coordinator
Linda Adams, St. Vincent Healthcare
Scott Anderson, Billings Career Center
Dr. Carl Castles, MSU-Billings
Liz Ching, Department of Labor & Industry
Crystal Colliflower, Northern Cheyenne Service Unit, Lame Deer, MT
Jennifer Donovan, Mental Health Center
Katy Easton, Downtown Billings Alliance
Melissa Guaderrama, Pacific Northwest University, D.O. School
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
Jenn Phalen, Billings Job Service
Susan Swanz, Billings Area Indian Health Services
Calley Thompson, Rocky Mountain College
Karin White, Central Montana Medical Center
Eastern MT AHEC at RiverStone Health
Billings, Montana 59101
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm