The University of Texas Health Center at Tyler :: Texas AHEC East Northeast

Texas Area Health Education Center (AHEC) East is a grant funded, non-profit organization committed to improving the supply and distribution of health care professionals and helping to strengthen and develop community health systems and networks. The Northeast Region AHEC is one of nine regionally located centers in the East Texas AHEC.

Established in 1995, Northeast AHEC works at all stages of the health professional career cycle by:

  • Presenting health career information to young people and adults.
  • Matching students with health professions mentors in community-based clinical education experiences.
  • Assisting in providing continuing education programs required by health professionals to maintain their certifications.
  • Focusing on building community health systems through collaborative programs linking local leadership with educational institutions and clinical resources.

Area Health Education Center (AHEC) History
Area Health Education Center (AHEC) programs were developed as a result of the Carnegie Commission’s Report on Higher Education and the Nation’s Health in 1970. Funding support for the AHEC programs and centers combines federal, state, and/or private resources. By 1997, the national AHEC network had expanded to include 178 Community-based centers in 41 states.

Texas AHEC East is made up of nine regionally located centers that span 111 Eastern Texas counties. Each of the centers, like the Northeast AHEC, develops and coordinates programs to support the needs of the communities with its respective service Area.

Northeast AHEC services 25 counties: Bowie, Camp, Cass, Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Hunt, Kaufman, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Panola, Rains, Red River, Rockwall, Rusk, Smith, Titus, Upshur, Van Zandt, and Wood.

Northeast AHEC Health Force Development and Community Health Support
Program areas provided by Northeast AHEC include:

  • Health Force Development
    • Health Careers Preparation and Promotion
      We help young people and career-changing adults gain access to health career education to become their community’s health professionals. Actovotoes are primarily focused on underserved populations.
    • Community Based Student Education
      Match Students with health professions mentors in community-based clinical education sites CBE establish, maintain, and advocate community-based training for health professions students, with an emphasis on primary care and underserved populations. Our efforts encourage the health professions student to return to the community setting to practice once they graduate.
    • Practice Entry and Support
      The rural and medically underserved community continues to be challenged in efforts to recruit and retain the health professional. LCAHEC gathers information on community needs and looks for opportunities to match those needs with individuals in the East Texas regional looking for employment. LCAHEC provides information on CNE, CME and CEU opportunities. Provide new and/or continuing education resources for practicing professional in all medical and administrative operations
  • Community Health Support
    • Health Literacy Programs
      We foster healthy behavior development in individuals, groups, and communities. Examples of community-reponsive programs include: Cancer Awareness, Geriatric Sensitivity, Health Lifestyles, Domestic Violence, and Tobacco Cessation. We also provide community programming on other various health topics
    • Community Health Systems Support
      Many communities facing healthcare delivery system changes are struggling just to maintain their current health care services. We offer a way to facilitate community evaluation, discussion and decision-making processes addressing access to primary healthcare services. We assist in building community health systems through collaborative programs linking local leadership with educational and clinical resources

Contact Information:
Office: (903) 877-5788
Fax: (903) 877-5789

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