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High Sierra AHEC

At High Sierra AHEC, we are passionate about the education and training of future and current health professionals. The AHEC mission is to enhance quality, equitable patient practices and care, particularly primary and preventive care, by improving the supply and distribution of healthcare professionals via strategic partnerships with academic programs, communities and professional organizations.

High Sierra AHEC is a nonprofit organization specializing in the education and training of future and current health professionals. We follow and provide resources for healthcare workers at all stages of the pipeline, from aspiring young minds to medical students to practicing professionals. Through the collaboration of our staff, partners, volunteers, and program participants, we serve the counties of Carson, Churchill, Douglas, Lyon, Storey, and Washoe to provide early healthcare exposure and education to rural and underserved schools and populations. Our innovative programs aim to combat the shortage of professionals in the healthcare workforce and provide opportunities for any student to become a leader in the medical field.


Nevada Primary Care Association

Nevada Primary Care Association (formerly Great Basin Primary Care Association) (NVPCA) is the federally designated Primary Care Association for the State of Nevada. NVPCA is dedicated to assisting health centers and other community health providers with the implementation of solid business practices and community-responsive programs in an effort to improve service delivery effectiveness and efficiency. Our work is based on maximizing resources, developing a strong intersection between medical care and public health at the community level, and using sound business sense in developing the capacity to serve those who do not have access to mainstream health care.

Our goal is to provide our members with current and accurate information necessary to service Nevada’s population, including, underserved and low-income residents. The training and technical assistance services we offer include facilitating information exchanges, outreach programs, support services, access to government resources, and speaker symposiums.

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Meet the Trainers


Nicholas Dunkle


Nick Dunkle is the Special Projects Coordinator at High Sierra AHEC. Nick is a first-generation, University of Nevada, Reno Alumnus with a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Sciences. Through his work, his greatest goals are to contribute to health equity, inclusivity, and education in public health and health care. His passion for these goals stems from his education, real world experiences, and upbringing. Nick is honored to continue this work as a trainer for the Nevada Cultural Competency Training, bolstering strength of provider care delivery and diminishing health inequities.

Reema Naik


Reema Naik is the Performance Improvement Program Manager at Nevada Primary Care Association. Native to Nevada and daughter of immigrants, she received her Master’s of Public Health from the 

University of Nevada, Reno. Reema has passion in workforce development and building Nevada’s health care workforce. While receiving her Master’s, she, along with University staff, edited and published Success for All: Programs to Support Students Throughout their College Experience, a book that examines the University’s programs and strategies to support first generation, low-income, and underrepresented students. For Reema, being a trainer for the Nevada Cultural Competency Training bridges her love for her family and her passion to support and advance Nevada’s health care workforce. 

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