Utah Area Health Education Centers (AHEC)
What the Heck is AHEC?
AHECs, or Area Health Education Centers, were established in 1972 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in response to the shortage of primary care physicians and inadequate distribution of health professionals in the country. The purpose of the AHEC program is to enhance access to quality health care, particularly primary and preventive care, by improving the supply and distribution of healthcare professionals via strategic partnerships with academic programs, communities, and professional organizations. To achieve this mission, AHECs are organized into program offices and regional centers. The program office coordinates and oversees AHECs statewide presence, whereas the regional centers implement programming tailored to their region-specific needs. Today, over 85% of United States counties are served by an AHEC program.
Utah AHEC has been serving the State of Utah since 1996. Today, our central program office resides in the University of Utah Division of Public Health in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. In addition, we have the following three centers: Northern Utah AHEC (NUAHEC) located at Weber State University, Crossroads AHEC (CRAHEC) located at Salt Lake Community College, and Southern Utah AHEC (SUAHEC) located at Southern Utah University.