KEARNEY, Neb. - The Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN) hosted the 2nd annual High School Ambassador Conference in Kearney on April 4 and 5. The BHECN Ambassador Program recruits and mentors rural students from high school through college and professional school and into behavioral health professions.
The Ambassador Conference helps build the behavioral health workforce for rural Nebraska by investing in students from rural Nebraska and connecting them with information and resources to explore behavioral health careers. 41 high school juniors and seniors from throughout Nebraska attended the conference. 45 faculty and students from UNMC, UNK, UNO, UNL, and Chadron State, along with providers representing diverse behavioral health and substance abuse professions presented and interacted with the students.
“The High School Ambassador conference is the beginning of the pipeline in recruiting future behavioral health professionals in rural Nebraska. By identifying high school students with an interest in behavioral health careers before they even enter college, we’re able to connect them with faculty and professionals in the field to help mentor them and shape their careers,” said Howard Liu, medical director at BHECN.