Ethel Lund Village Health Occupations Program (VHOP)

Through its innovative Village Health Occupations Program (VHOP), SEARHC is dedicated to increasing the number of Alaska Native and American Indian students pursuing careers in healthcare professions in Southeast Alaska.

Do you know a high school student interested in a career in healthcare?

Call for applicants!

SEARHC is selecting 10-12 high school students to participate in a six-day healthcare immersed experience at Mt. Edgecumbe Medical Center in Sitka, AK. VHOP is a no-cost program.

Scheduled for July 21 – 26, 2024, this unique opportunity will provide students one-on-one engagements with a variety of SEARHC departments – Nursing, Dental, Bio Med, Imaging and Lab. During the week, students will also work with nurse educators to earn a certificate in first aid.

In addition to their time at MEMC, students will be connected with elders from the Sitka Tribe of Alaska to further strengthen intergenerational community ties.

This effort aims to foster future stewardship of Tribal healthcare across the region.

Application requirements:

  • Alaska Native or American Indian
  • A rising junior, senior, or high school graduate or GED recipient
  • Able to participate in Sitka for entirety of VHOP
  • Able to submit a complete VHOP application by deadline

For more information:

Amber Frommherz
Outreach and Development Program Manager

VHOP Week July 21-26, 2024
Application deadline: May 31, 2024
Online Application 
Online Intro Meeting 
May 19, 2024 —  5 - 6 p.m.

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