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The Brooklyn- Queens-Long Island Area Health Education Center (BQLI-AHEC) is one of nine centers throughout New York State. Its mission is to improve health care outcomes by increasing the pool of skilled providers working in traditionally underserved communities.

BQLI-AHEC develops and coordinates education, mentoring and training programs directed to New York City and Long Island middle, high school and college students to encourage them to pursue health careers. The programs introduce students to health-related careers, engage them in “hands-on” learning experiences within health facilities and institutions of higher learning and assist them in entering undergraduate programs that will lead to medicine, dentistry, nursing and other health professions. The Center also directs and assists students seeking allied health and entry-level health careers following high school graduation.

Since its inception in 2003, BQLI-AHEC has exposed over 5,000 middle, high school and college students to challenging, rewarding careers in medicine, nursing, physical and occupational therapy, health education, health care administrative and support services and emergency care. Youth ages 13-21 have learned about health professions through workshops, job shadowing, facility tours, structured internships and on-going mentorship. Students engage in group academic research projects that focus on current health issues of importance and interest to young people their age.