301 University Blvd Galveston TX United States 77555-1056
We are a regionally-focused, community-responsive program with a special interest in primary care and a priority for underserved populations. We link communities in 111 East Texas counties with over 18 million people to opportunities and resources offered by health science schools and collaborative partners through our program office and 9 regional operations. Regional offices are hosted by a local community organization and administratively linked to the Texas AHEC East Program Office.
Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) were first proposed by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education in the early 1970's as a means of addressing the maldistribution of health professionals in medically underserved areas throughout the nation.
Today, 54 AHEC programs with more than 200 centers operate in almost every state and the District of Columbia. Most receive both state and federal funding. Approximately 120 medical schools and 600 nursing and allied health schools work collaboratively with AHECs to improve health for underserved and under-represented populations.