AHEC History
Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), a national network of Academic-Community partnerships, were first proposed by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education in the early 1970's as a means of addressing the maldistribution of health professionals in medically underserved areas throughout the nation. All AHEC Programs strive to improve the supply, distribution, diversity and quality of the health care workforce, ultimately increasing access to health care in medically underserved areas. Presently, there are AHEC Programs in 44 states.

Texas AHEC Program Offices provide state-wide coverage, serving 254 counties in Texas. Each Program Office covers a specific geographic region of the state (Texas AHEC Service Region), and is hosted by an academic institution:

The three programs have 19 regional centers, hosted by community organizations, to foster the development of the local health care workforce.

Each center develops activities that link community resources with AHEC and academic partners to:

Funding for AHECs comes primarily from three sources: 1) federal grants, 2) state line-item budget support, and 3) other grants, contracts and philanthropic private/public resources.

 


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