Program Components

Community Advisory Boards

Each AHEC has a Community Advisory Board (CAB) that reflects the diversity of the communities involved. The CAB provides guidance and advice to the AHEC staff.

Strategic Partnerships

Effective partnerships that engage key stakeholders (e.g., federal, state, local, and national organizations) in order to implement, advance, and sustain the work of the AHEC Program.

Increased Access to Primary Health Care

A primary health care facility will be developed in each AHEC. These facilities will provide the entire range of primary healthcare services. In each healthcare facility licensed medical providers will provide health care to community members, plus teach and supervise medical and other health professions students and medical residents.

AHEC Personnel

Staff in each Center includes an AHEC Director/Office Supervisor, Medical Assistant, Patient Services Representative and Clinicians (part-time). The AHEC Center Director/Office Supervisor will be responsible for the development, coordination and day-to-day operation of the AHEC.

Community-based Experiential Training

Experiential training in rural and underserved areas through field placements and clinical rotations for health professions students outside of the AHEC Scholars Program. Each training experience must be team-based and include a formal, didactic component addressing one or more of the Core Topic Areas:  Inter-professional Education, Behavioral Health Integration, Social Determinants of Health, Cultural Competency, Practice Transformation, Current and Emerging Health Issues.

AHEC Scholars Program

Teams of interprofessional health professions students (medicine, nursing, physician assistant, social work) will be enrolled in a longitudinal, interdisciplinary program that includes a defined set of clinical, didactic, and community-based training activities.
[Years 1 and 2 are planning years. The Scholars Program will commence in September 2019].

Post-program Follow-up with Students

One-year post-graduation follow-up to determine employment outcomes.

Pipeline Activities

Training, interactive, and didactic activities for high school students (grades 9-12) from the three regional med-highs. These activities will focus on exposing youth to health careers, including public health, towards encouraging them to work in rural and under-served areas.

Continuing Education

Didactic and experiential training activities developed for currently practicing health professionals focused on HRSA’s core topics The CE events will be each of the three AHEC regions.