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Area Health Education Centers


The Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program enhances access to high quality, culturally competent health care through academic-community partnerships to ultimately improve the distribution, diversity, and supply of the primary care health professions workforce who serve in rural and underserved health care delivery sites. The AHEC Program awardees subcontract with community-based AHEC centers in one or more regions of a state. 

Along with state and local partners, the AHEC programs and centers:

  • Recruit and train students from minority and disadvantaged backgrounds into health careers;
  • Place health professions students in community-based clinical practice settings - with a focus on primary care;
  • Promote interprofessional education and collaborative teams to improve quality of care; and
  • Facilitate continuing education resources and programs for health professionals - particularly in rural and underserved areas.


The AHEC Program funds schools of medicine and, in states with no medical school, schools of nursing.

Grant Programs

The AHEC Program consists of two phases, Infrastructure Development and Point of Service Maintenance and Enhancement. 

Infrastructure Development Area Health Education Centers

Infrastructure Development awards fund AHEC planning, development and implementation. Grantees provide community-based, interdisciplinary/interprofessional training programs and establish AHEC centers in one or more regions of a state. Each grantee can receive as much as 6 years of funding and no more than 12 years of financial support for multiple centers.

Point of Service Area Health Education Centers

Point of Service awards fund AHEC programs and centers that have completed the Infrastructure Development phase. Modifications may be made to the program due to changes in demographics or needs of the populations in AHEC service areas. There is an emphasis on community-based, interdisciplinary/interprofessional training programs and activities that will enhance primary care, workforce diversity, and quality of care with the goal of ultimately improving access to healthcare in underserved areas.

Find an AHEC Program or AHEC Center Near You

The HRSA Data Warehouse (HDW) serves as the repository for HRSA’s data and makes that data available to the public. The HDW lets users explore, interact with, and share data by allowing access to preformatted charts, maps and reports; creation of custom maps and reports; and many other features. Visit the HDW Health Professions data page access preformatted directories on AHEC Program grantees, regional AHEC centers and other health professions grant programs.

Open Funding Opportunities

HRSA-17-063 Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) Program

HRSA-17-066 Nurse Faculty Loan Program

HRSA-17-064 Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship (NAT) Program

HRSA-17-065 Centers of Excellence (COE)

HRSA-17-067 Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Program

All Open Opportunities

Contact the AHEC Program

Main Phone Line: 301-443-6950

Aleisha Langhorne, MPH, MHSA
AHEC Project Officer

Jamie Weng, MPH
AHEC Project Officer

Leo Wermers
Staff Assistant