“Area Health Education Centers”
The purpose of the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program is to positively impact the diversity, distribution, and development of a health care workforce that is prepared to deliver high-quality care in a transforming health care delivery system, with an emphasis on rural and underserved areas and populations. This purpose is accomplished through academic/community partnerships which work to recruit, train, and retain a diverse and well distributed primary care workforce.
AHEC is excited to further the relationship with Ohio’s FQHCs because of the shared goals between the organizations and the impact a strong partnership will have on the healthcare landscape of Ohio. Exposure to underserved areas and populations and training in primary care increases the likelihood that students will choose to practice in underserved areas and serve underserved populations. Training at FQHCs is critical for students’ development and awareness of social determinants of health and health disparities.
Ohio AHECs are most active in providing community-based experiential training to medical, nurse practitioner, and allied health students, health career pipeline exposure and exploration programming for 9-16 students, and continuing education for practicing health care professionals.