The Texas Area Health Education Center (AHEC) East – Northeast Region is a Charter member of the National AHEC Organization (NAO) https://www.nationalahec.org now comprised of 56 AHEC programs and more than 235 centers operating in almost every state and the District of Columbia. AHEC programs work collaboratively with medical schools, nursing and allied health schools to improve health for underserved and under-represented populations.
Area Health Education Centers were first proposed by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education in the early 1970s as a means of addressing the maldistribution of health professionals in medically underserved areas throughout the nation.
Most AHEC programs receive both local state funding and federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. https://bhw.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/bhw/health-workforce-analysis/program-highlights/area-health-education-centers-2017.pdf
With the mission to “make communities healthier,” Texas AHEC East – Northeast Region is devoted to improving the supply, distribution, retention, and training of varied health professionals in medically under-served areas. Our activities and events are aligned with four major program areas:
- Health Careers Promotion and Preparation
- Community-based Student Education
- Professional Education and Support
- Community Health and Development
Counties served: Bowie, Camp, Cass, Collin, Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Grayson, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Hunt, Kaufman, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Panola, Rains, Red River, Rockwall, Rusk, Smith, Titus, Upshur, Van Zandt, and Wood
Mission: Texas AHEC East is making communities healthier
Vision: Optimal health for all people in our region.
- We are an organization that values strength and resourcefulness of individual communities.
- We embrace an environment driven by ethics, honesty, and integrity.
- We strive to nurture diversity and demonstrate a commitment to collaborative inclusiveness.
- We draw upon the skills and experience of all our team members.
- We foster the personal and professional growth of each employee and engender a commitment in providing meaningful, gratifying and challenging work.
- We are dedicated to the promotion of good health in our communities through the support of preventive medicine, community health, disease prevention, and health promotion activities.
- We help build healthier communities with more balanced, responsive and efficient delivery systems.
- 60 million Americans, or nearly one in five, lack adequate access to primary care due to a shortage of primary care physicians in their communities.
- The rural population is one of the largest physician-underserved populations in the U.S.
- Economic factors, cultural and social differences, educational shortcomings, lack of recognition by legislators and the sheer isolation of living in remote rural areas all conspire to impede rural Americans in their struggle to lead a normal, healthy life.
- too few students enter a career in health care.
- too few health care professionals choose employment in underserved areas.
- too few racial and ethnic minorities and underprivileged people choose careers in the health workforce.
- the population does not appropriately use the existing health care resources.
- divisions exist between the missions of health profession training programs and community needs.
The program office is located in Galveston, Texas on the campus of the University of Texas Medical Branch https://www.txaheceast.org. We cover the area of East Texas with our eight regional offices, which are uniquely positioned within the community and are hosted by local community institutions or are non-profit organizations.
- Capital Region
- Coastal Region
- DFW Region
- Greater Houston Region
- Northeast Region
- Piney Woods Region
- Victoria Region
- Waco Region
The Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Scholars Program is for current health profession students interested in gaining additional training and team-based clinical experiences working in rural areas and/or with underserved populations.
Benefits of being an AHEC Scholar:
- Enhance healthcare knowledge in clinical and community settings
- Positively impact underserved communities
- Engage with interdisciplinary teams • Gain career development skills
- Resume building opportunities
- Networking with like-minded healthcare providers
- Certificate of Completion
To view additional information on the AHEC Scholars’ Program.