AHEC at Eastern Washington University

The Area Health Education Center (AHEC) at Eastern Washington University, like its sister AHEC organizations around the country, focuses on health professions education and training, recruitment, and retention, especially for rural and underserved communities. The AHEC also provides technical assistance to communities and serves as a grant partner for a number of initiatives. It is recognized as a leader nationwide for its innovative and successful programs. The AHEC is an integral part of the health science programs at Eastern Washington University, which include professional and graduate studies in Health Policy and Administration, Pharmacy, Human Nutrition, and Speech and Hearing Sciences, and Aging.

 Southwest Idaho AHEC

The SW Idaho Area Health Education Center (AHEC), formerly known as the Idaho Rural Health Education Center (IRHEC) was established in 1987 to improve the distribution and quality of health care professionals throughout rural and underserved Idaho.  SW Idaho AHEC is a program of Jannus, Inc, a multi-service non-profit organization located in Boise.  It is affiliated with the University Of Washington School Of Medicine WWAMI AHEC Program. Several programs were initiated to address the shortage of primary care professionals and the viability of rural health care delivery systems.The AHEC has committed many resources to addressing health care delivery issues throughout Idaho. Our primary thrust has been on the development of mutually beneficial partnerships with communities throughout Idaho and with other health related organizations dedicated to serving the needs of Idahoans.

Southeast Idaho AHEC

The Southeast Idaho AHEC is located at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. This new Center was funded in Fall, 2017. More details and website coming soon.

Northern Idaho AHEC

The Northern Idaho AHEC is located at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. This new Center was funded in Fall, 2017. More details and website coming soon.

AHEC for Western Washington

Area Health Education Center (AHEC) for Western Washington is located at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Washington.  This new Center was launched in 2017.

Affiliated Centers

Alaska AHEC

The Alaska Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) program began at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) in 2005, and  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.

 The AHEC program is made possible through support provided by the University of Alaska Anchorage / Alaska Center for Rural Health-Alaska’s AHEC, and HRSA # U77HP23073.

Montana AHEC

The Montana AHEC was implemented in 1985.  This regional WWAMI AHEC office was located at Montana State University in Bozeman. In 2007, the MSU College of Nursing applied and was awarded a grant from the Health Resource Service Administration to establish four regional AHEC offices in Montana in addition to the Bozeman Program Office:  Western (Missoula), North and South Central (Helena), Eastern (Billings), and North Eastern (Miles City).

The mission of the Montana AHEC is to enhance access to quality healthcare, particularly primary and preventive care, by improving the supply and distribution of healthcare professionals through community/academic educational partnerships. This is accomplished by pursuing goals, objectives and activities which are common to all AHECs. These are changed and /or modified each year in response to decisions made by the federal granting agency and the Regional WWAMI AHEC Program Office at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

National Organizations

Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) – Federal

Health Careers Pipeline Branch
Division of Health Careers and Financial Support
Bureau of Health Workforce
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 15N26B
Rockville, MD 20857
Tel: 301-443-7121 / Fax: (301) 443-0157

Program Contact:
Aleisha Langhorne, MPH, MHSA
Public Health Analyst, Health Careers Pipeline Branch
Tel: (301)-443-7121

National AHEC Organization (NAO)

7044 S. 13th Street
Oak Creek, WI 53154
Tel: (414) 908-4953 ext.450 / Fax: (414) 768-8001

Association Manager:  Mark Hamley
Tel: (414) 908-4953 ext. 109