National AHEC Organization

     The National AHEC Organization (NAO) is a professional organization for Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) in the United States.  AHECs work in designated regions through community and academic partnerships to advance the availability of health care and health care education, focusing on rural and medically underserved areas. According to the NAO, approximately 120 medical schools and 600 nursing and allied health schools work with the AHEC system nationally.