Training Health Professions Students

  • AHEC clinical placements put health professions students in real world settings: migrant, urban, rural, community health clinics and health departments working with underserved populations.
  • Students who participate in AHEC Service Learning programs develop an awareness of the economic and cultural barriers in healthcare delivery.
  • AHEC is uniquely qualified to facilitate clinical placements because of its linkages to local healthcare resources and organizations.
  • Health professions students who participate in AHEC-sponsored clinical placements have a better understanding of the complex needs of underserved communities.
  • These students are motivated to provide additional services and to practice in underserved areas following their training

Health Careers Recruitment

  • AHECs are committed to expanding the health care workforce, maximizing diversity and facilitating distribution, especially in underserved communities.
  • AHECs offer creative, hands-on and innovative health careers curriculum for young students.
  • AHEC programs introduce students to a wide assortment of health career possibilities, guide them in goal setting and educational planning, and offer science courses that strengthen critical thinking skills.
  • Working with schools, colleges and community partners, AHECs target economically disadvantaged students and those from underrepresented minority groups in school programs and summer institutes.

Supporting Health Professionals

  • AHECs provide accredited continuing education programs and professional support to meet the needs of health care professionals, especially those practicing in underserved areas.
  • Programs are designed to enhance clinical skills and help maintain professional certifications.
  • AHECs focus on recruitment, placement, and retention activities to address community and state health care workforce needs.
  • AHECs provide information dissemination on health care issues and participate in collaborative community-based research.

Health and Community Development

  • AHECs are designed to be responsive to local health needs and serve as an important link between academic training programs and community-based outreach programs.
  • AHECs provide innovative, collaborative, multi-disciplinary responses to community health issues including:  diabetes, obesity, asthma, and traumatic brain injury.
  • AHECs develop community health education and health provider training programs to meet the needs of diverse and severely underserved populations.