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Enhancing Alabama Healthcare One Patient, Professional, & Student at a Time

At AHEC, our mission is clear: recruit, train, and retain the Alabama healthcare workforce while increasing diversity among health professionals, broadening the distribution of the health workforce, enhancing the quality of care, and improving health care delivery to rural and underserved populations in Alabama.

Who We Are

Founded in 2012, Alabama Statewide Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) is compromised of five AHEC Centers serving all 67 counties of the state. The Alabama Statewide AHEC Program Office is guided me the Statewide AHEC Advisory Council and housed within the  University of Alabama at Birmingham Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine and Department of Family and Community Medicine.

What We Do

The purpose of the Alabama Statewide AHEC program is to meet the needs of the communities we serve through robust partnerships with a focus on exposure, education, and training of the current and future healthcare workforce. Our programs are dedicated to future career development, quality healthcare treatment, and enhanced healthcare access throughout the state.

Diversifying the Workforce

We diversify the workforce by ethnicity and socioeconomic status through the recruitment of individuals in rural communities, encouraging various professions across the healthcare industry.

Bridging Educational Gaps

Supplementing healthcare specific educational resources attempts to reduce the statewide academic achievement gaps.

Economic Development

As was one of the largest employers in a given community, each family medicine physician placed in a rural community creates 24 new jobs.

Workforce Development

Recruits students through our secondary education Scholars Program. Partnering and collaborating with high schools and community colleges, AHEC provides opportunities to students in order to develop a trained healthcare workforce for Alabama.

Continuing Education

We provide a connection between two and four-year education institutions that promote climbable career ladders for healthcare professionals. With these connections, we hope to increase the retention rate for healthcare professionals and aid underserved Alabamians.

Programs

Health Career Program

Specific to each center the AHEC Pathway Programs aim to establish a resource funnel for marginalized students through strategic partnerships with four-year institutions, community colleges, and non-profit organizations. We are firm believers in encouraging rural students to see the health care career opportunities in their own community.

Our Pathway Programs offer high school students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to learn and discover their passions for health careers through classroom presentations, free ACT prep classes, campus tours, career counseling, mock interviews, and so much more. These programs bring awareness to the vast field of healthcare and work to inspire future health care leaders.

Health Professions Student Program

As an AHEC scholar, you’ll learn together as an inter-professional team, completing both didactic and clinical training in addition to your regular curricula, with a focus on preparing you to work with Alabama’s medically disadvantaged populations. With this two-year commitment, you’ll participate in 40 hours of online training as well as 40 hours of team-based service learning per year.

AHEC scholars will engage in team-based clinical experiences, providing care to vulnerable and underserved patients in settings such as homeless shelters, free clinics, community health centers, health fairs, and more. From dental and nursing programs to speech therapy and public health professions, our Health Professions Student Programs aim to enhance your knowledge and competence in all areas of public health.

Practicing Professionals

Specific to each center the AHEC Pathway Programs aim to establish a resource funnel for marginalized students through strategic partnerships with four-year institutions, community colleges, and non-profit organizations. We are firm believers in encouraging rural students to see the health care career opportunities in their own community.

Our Pathway Programs offer high school students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to learn and discover their passions for health careers through classroom presentations, free ACT prep classes, campus tours, career counseling, mock interviews, and so much more. These programs bring awareness to the vast field of healthcare and work to inspire future health care leaders.

Alabama Office of Healthcare Workforce

Driven to discover, the Alabama Office of Healthcare Workforce (AOHW) strives to empower the healthcare workforce and policy-makers through effective healthcare data research.

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Why it Matters

Alabama AHEC supports all points along the health professions pipeline to increase the diversity and broaden the distribution of the healthcare workforce, improve healthcare quality, and enhance delivery of healthcare to rural and underserved areas.

Our programs:

  • Connect students to health careers
  • Connect healthcare professionals to the communities that need them
  • Connect communities to better health through access to healthcare
  • Connect Alabama to better health overall

Our Regional Centers

East Central AL AHEC

Gadsden, AL

North AL
AHEC

Huntsville, AL

Southeast AL AHEC

Montgomery, AL

Southern AL AHEC

Georgiana, AL

West Central AL AHEC

Demopolis, AL

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