The California Statewide Area Health Education Center



Our Mission Statement: To improve access to and the quality of health care for underserved populations of California using academic-community partnerships for health education and workforce training

The Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program is 44 years old and is funded by states and the federal government through HRSA’s Bureau of Health Workforce AHECs bring together local resources and community based organizations with academic institutions to improve access and quality health care for the underserved communities and populations in the state.

AHEC programs and centers are diverse in their activities, each one responding to the needs of the community it serves

Local community AHEC centers develop training programs with academic institutions to provide training experiences within community clinics and health centers, charity hospitals, simulation labs and community organizations for health professions students and residents.

AHECs work with K-12 schools, community college and undergraduate programs to increase the diversity of future health professions workforce through career education, job shadowing, summer camps, internships and health clubs. Some AHECs work with national programs such as AmeriCorps and Vista to provide post baccalaureate and post-secondary students with community health experiences.

AHECs can respond rapidly to changing health priorities such as Bioterrorism, Veterans Mental Health and Health insurance Exchanges

Continuing education programs for health professionals practicing in CHCs and other underserved areas
Teaching health professionals students and residents to present health information to community members and clinic patients
Community based clinical training for health professions students and residents
Programs to expose underrepresented high school, community college and undergraduate students to college and career opportunities in the health professions

Increase community-based health professions training programs
Increase the diversity of California’s health workforce
Strengthen collaboration and develop partnerships between institutions with similar missions
Support communication between community and academic partners
Record, study, and document outcomes

Health: A skilled, well-distributed health workforce will improve the health of Californians.
Education: Education improves individuals and communities.
Community: Underserved communities have strengths and needs.
Diversity: California’s diversity should be reflected in its health workforce.
Collaboration: Collaboration of communities and academic institutions is essential to workforce improvement and distribution.
Innovation: New ideas contribute to success.

California Statewide AHEC link

California Public Health Training Center link

CDC HPV Vaccination Project link

AHEC CenterHost Organization
North Coast AHECNorth Coast Clinics Network
Northern California AHECHealth Alliance of Northern CA
San Francisco AHECSan Francisco Comm. Clinic Consortium
East Bay AHECCommunity Clinic Consortium
South Bay AHECCommunity Health Partnership
Central Coast AHECHealth Projects Center
Inland Empire AHECCommunity Clinic Association San Bernardino  Co.
Los Angeles Harbor AHECLos Angeles Biomedical Research
East Los Angeles AHECAltaMed Health Services
South Los Angeles AHECCommunity Clinic Association of Los Angeles Co.
Orange County AHECCoalition of Orange County Community Clinics
San Diego Border AHECScripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista