Alaska's AHEC provides a pathway for students to prepare for and enter into health care careers, leading them into the workforce and supporting their continued development. Alaska's AHEC is "Grow Our Own" program that works in our state.Visit AHEC's Facebook page!
Alaska's AHEC Program
The Alaska Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) program began at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) in 2005. AHECs are academic and community-based partnerships engaged in primary care workforce engagement, training and recruiting, and retaining activities to improve the distribution, diversity, supply and quality of health care personnel. The Alaska AHEC program office (at UAA) contracts with six regional Centers to implement educational activities involving health professions and to expose students to primary care delivery in rural and/or underserved settings. In addition, AHECs work closely with state and local workforce investment boards to identify and address health care needs and shortages.
The Alaska AHEC addresses its mission by working in the following areas:
- Engaging Alaskans into health careers to evolve the future health workforce
- Training health professions students by supporting clinical rotations that occur in rural communities or with underserved populations
- Retaining Alaska’s health workforce by increasing access to and providing CE/CME opportunities statewide.