Forty-five years and running, AHEC is funded by states and the federal government through the HRSA Bureau of Health Workforce.
The California Statewide AHEC is one of the University of California’s oldest and most widely distributed health professions development programs. Located at UCSF Fresno, AHEC develops and supports health professions recruitment, training, and retention programs in urban and rural underserved communities. In addition to support for the UCSF Fresno Family Medicine Residency, it contracts with community-based organizations.
AHEC programs are informed by local community boards and a statewide advisory group. Activities include community-based pre-health professions programs, rotations and training in community health centers, and continuing education. AHEC partners include UC Office of the President, UC PRIME, UCTV, Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, California’s Primary Care Association and Office of Rural Health.
California AHEC develops, with its partners, a population-based approach to health professions education with a special emphasis on community-based training. 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, county 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 are equipped to respond rapidly to changing health priorities such as emergency preparedness, veterans mental health, provider burnout and health insurance exchange education and enrollment.