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Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) are committed to expanding the health care workforce, maximizing diversity and facilitating distribution, especially in underserved communities. AHECs were created by Congress in 1971 to increase the quantity, diversity and distribution healthcare professionals, especially in rural and underserved areas. Research has been shown that positive changes to these three areas increase access and improve the overall health of communities.


Our Goals

  • Influence the training of health profession students/residents towards primary care through rotations in rural and underserved Alabama communities.

  • Provide continuing education and support for targeted health providers.

  • Implement programs, services and activities that target underrepresented minorities, rural and other disadvantaged Alabamians for careers in the health professions.

  • Provide innovative, collaborative, interprofessional responses to community needs.


Alabama AHEC Program

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The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine has received a five-year, $5.25 million grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration to create an Alabama Statewide Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program.