- Rural Health Experience-Testimonial


The Rural Health Experience is a 3-5 day rural immersion experience for health professions students interested in learning about the delivery of health care in a particular rural community. Northwest Illinois AHEC partners with the National Center for Rural Health Professions to provide this opportunity to students that are enrolled in Health Career programs.

The RHE is designed to:

  • Provide experience in rural healthcare settings;
  • Acquaint students with rural lifestyle; 
  • Convey knowledge and appreciation for a variety of health professions disciplines;
  • Create awareness of rural health needs;
  •  Provide an opportunity for students to learn and work in an environment that supports health professionals working together
  • Encourage awareness and acceptance of different cultures and promote learning through active and organized participation in the community 


Below is are summaries of student's experiences for her Rural Health Program:2018

  • Throughout my rural health experience I have been able to see how rural healthcare is delivered and how healthcare professionals overcome challenges that are presented. Rural healthcare is delivered on a very personal level. The caregivers are fully committed to their patients and it was clearly seen in the four days I was able to observe. (KSB-Dixon, Illinois)
  • The Rural Health Experience did not just provide me with exposure to different medical specialties in rural Illinois. The lessons that I learned from the doctors about how to treat people and how to make the best decisions are what I will always cling to from my time in the small city of Dixon. (KSB-Dixon, Illinois)