East Central

Improving The Quality of and Access to Healthcare in Alabama

Enhancing all aspects of healthcare throughout East-Central AL for a healthier today & a brighter tomorrow.

Support for Healthcare Providers, Students, & Communities in East-Central AL

At AHEC, we believe in all things healthcare. By collaborating with providers in East-Central Alabama, we’re streamlining the access to and quality of vital medical care. We’re also dedicated to supporting future healthcare providers across the state through financial and educational assistance for high school and college students.

As a community-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the East Central Alabama Area Health Education Center (ECAAHEC) began serving the healthcare needs of the region in 2015. Through training, education, and helpful resources for healthcare professionals, we strengthen community access for patients today while inspiring the healthcare workforce of tomorrow.

We’re Strengthening Healthcare Services in a Community Near You

The ECAAHEC service region includes Blount, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, DeKalb, Etowah, Jefferson, Randolph, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega, and Tallapoosa Counties.

Board of Directors

Kala Blakely, DNP
Lara D. Hart, DNP, FNP-BC
George Lewis Mitchell, DMD
Marilyn Oden
Wayne Rowe
D’Ann Somerall
Rhonda Terrell-Lipscomb
Susan Tucker
Wyvern Boyd Wallace
Decarlos Wright

Executive Director


Executive Director

If you’re a future healthcare leader and want to be inspired by some of the best, contact us today.

The Alabama Statewide Area Health Education Center is funded in part by the Health Resources and Services Administration, the federal agency charged with training health professionals and improving health care for people who are geographically isolated, economically disadvantaged or medically vulnerable. The contents of this website are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.