In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the passing of legislation which created the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program, the National AHEC Organization (NAO) presents the History of AHEC: Celebrating our Past, Present, and Future. This video was made possible through sponsorships from the Alaska AHEC, Florida AHEC Network and the NAO. Featuring past, present and future NAO leadership, the video outlines the history of the AHEC Program and highlights the impact of AHECs in our nation’s healthcare workforce development initiatives.
National Area Health Education Centers’ accomplishments are substantial. Between Academic Year 2014- 2019, AHEC trained over 1.8 million individuals and recorded over 1.7 million program completers. Forty-two percent of AHEC’s program completers were from a rural background, 40 percent were from disadvantaged backgrounds, and 29 percent were underrepresented minorities. Each of the five years, 62 percent or more of AHEC’s experiential training sites were in medically underserved communities, 60 percent or more were in primary care settings, and 40 percent or more were in rural areas.
Dwain Harris, National AHEC Organization CEO said it best: “You know you are part of a strong program when you’ve been around for 50 years, and your accumulated number of completers in a five-year period run into the millions.”