Area Health Education Centers

The UTRGV School of Medicine continues its mission to close gaps in access to healthcare and expand educational opportunities for its students with its three Area Health Education Centers (AHEC).

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration is awarding $3.75 million over five years to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine to develop three AHECS—at the Bob Clark Center in Cameron County, in San Carlos in Hidalgo County, and in La Victoria in Starr County.

The centers are intended to:

  • Help increase access to primary healthcare in rural and underserved areas.
  • Develop and enhance education and training networks within communities, academic institutions and community-based organizations.
  • Teach medical and students in other health-related disciplines about the social determinants of health and health disparities.

The AHECS will include primary healthcare clinics operated by professional healthcare staff, faculty and students of the School of Medicine and the College of Health Affairs.

The School of Medicine and the College of Health Affairs will develop curriculum for students that will include offering credit for their work in the clinic, and will develop a pipeline program through which high school students interested in healthcare-related fields can receive training. 

Program initiatives will begin September 2018.