Area Health Education Center Program (AHEC)
The North Dakota
AHEC includes a state-wide plan to incrementally
develop two regional AHECs: eastern and western.
Both locations provide a variety of opportunities in
rural health clinics, community health centers, and
Indian Health Service. Additionally, each region is home
to at least one university and/or college. Over time,
avenues for their direct and formal involvement with the
AHEC will be developed. Activities will be developed for
kindergarten through health professional students,
educational programs, and recruitment and retention of
healthcare providers. The program is initially designed
to provide educational and clinical opportunities for
students in medicine and nursing at the college and
The purpose of the AHEC is to improve the distribution, diversity, supply and quality
of healthcare personnel in the healthcare services delivery system.
AHEC's mission is to enhance access to quality primary care and public health in rural
and underserved areas, by improving the supply and distribution of healthcare
professionals through community/academic partnerships.
Most Recent Publications
Scrubs Project Report
Project report for Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning (R-COOL-Health) Scrubs Camps and Scrubs Academy.
Author(s): Nissen, K.
Date: August 2017
“HOSA” Spells the Future of North Dakota’s Healthcare Workforce
Middle school and high school students explore becoming
healthcare professionals through participation in the North
Dakota HOSA group.
Author(s): Kusler, S.
Publication: North Dakota Medicine, 40(1), 17-19
Date: March 2015
Report on Community Health Worker Programs
Presents examples of Community Health Worker programs in numerous states. Gathers information to assist in establishing a CHW program in North Dakota. Includes CHW programs in Minnesota, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Colorado, Washington, and Wisconsin.
Author(s): Dickson, L., & Yahna, R.
Date: June 2012