FORWARD NM Programs


Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

The National Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program was established in the U.S. in 1972 to improve the supply, distribution, retention and quality of primary care and other health practitioners in medically underserved areas. The program is part of a national effort to improve access to health services through changes in the education and training of health professionals. New Mexico’s AHECs include the Program Office at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, the Montanas […]

Dream Makers health career school clubs

Dream Makers health career clubs stimulate middle school students to pursue health related careers. The club highlights numerous healthcare professions and the college requirements, as well as the important role of health disparities and diversity in healthcare. During the sessions, the participants have the opportunity to listen to and interact with professionals of a variety of health disciplines who share their experiences and knowledge with them. A field trip to the University of New Mexico […]

SMASH Academy (Summer Math and Science Health Career Academy)

Dates: June 5 – June 9, 2017 This one-week summer academy is offered in partnership with Hidalgo Medical Services, Gila Regional Medical Center, and  Western New Mexico University and is designed for incoming high school freshmen from southwest New Mexico. The Academy provides math, science and health literacy enrichment. The Academy aims to teach students study habits, introduce laboratory science, research, college awareness and other useful academic experiences as middle school students prepare to begin […]

Summer Health Career Academy (HCA)

Available in Silver City and Deming: June 19- July 21, 2017   This five-week summer academy is intended for students who are serious about pursuing a health career. It is offered in partnership with Hidalgo Medical Services, Gila Regional Medical Center, and Western New Mexico University at the WNMU campus for incoming high school sophomores, juniors and seniors from southwest New Mexico. Students explore education pathways to health careers by touring health care facilities and hearing […]

Summer MCAT+/DAT preparation academy

The MCAT+/DAT Program is an intense and rewarding six-week summer camp offered in partnership with Hidalgo Medical Services, Gila Regional Medical Center, and WNMU held at the Natural Sciences Department at Western New Mexico University, for college junior, senior and graduate students. MCAT+/DAT is designed to help strengthen MCAT+/DAT test scores and to train pre-medical and pre-dental students to become competitive when applying for medical school. This free, six-week, academically rigorous program provides a learning […]

Rural clinical internships and rotations

FORWARD NM rotates approximately 60 learners per year from various disciplines including Family Medicine Residency, medical students, dental students, nurse practitioner students, and physician’s assistant students. For more information or to request an internship, shadowing experience or rotation, contact Baudelia “Bala” Salgado at 575-534-0101 extension 2114 or FNM@swchi.org. Rural rotations Program staff work with higher education institutions to coordinate graduate level rural rotation experiences to complete clinical hours needed. In addition to the training goals identified […]

College application & scholarship support

Program staff are available to schedule individual time with students as requested to assist in developing a plan that will lead to their desired health career. This specialized service is provided to assist students in getting the individualized attention in the areas most needed; for example application completion, writing a personal statement as part of an application, identifying scholarship and other financial opportunities, and more. Another form of individual coaching that is often desired by […]

FORWARD NM Quarterly Newsletter (Oct-Nov-Dec 2016)

FORWARD NM wraps up the year on a high note with our Dream Makers Clubs in full swing and helping the fall rotations of future health care providers experience the wonder that is rural medicine! Our Dream Makers is an after-school club sponsored by University of New Mexico Office for Diversity and FORWARD NM. This club is currently underway at La Plata Middle School (Silver City), Aldo Middle School (Silver City), and Red Mountain Middle […]