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Basic/Core Area Health Education Centers

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Purpose of this program:

To assist schools to improve the distribution, diversity, supply and quality of health personnel in the health services delivery system by encouraging the regionalization of health professions schools and also includes health careers programs for 9-12 grade students. Emphasis is placed on community-based training of primary care oriented students, residents, and providers and also includes health careers programs for 9-12 grade students. The Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) program assists schools in planning, developing and operation of AHECs to initiate education system incentives to attract and retain health care personnel in scarcity areas. By linking the academic resources of the university health sciences center with local planning, educational and clinical resources, the AHEC program establishes a network of community-based training sites to provide educational services to students, faculty and practitioners in underserved areas and ultimately, to improve the delivery of health care in the service area. The program embraces the goal of increasing the number of health professions graduates who ultimately will practice in underserved areas. The program carries on health careers recruitment enhancement activities to attract elementary and secondary school students from underserved areas into health careers.