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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 graduate level.

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
    Type: Report
  • "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: Focus on Rural Health
    Date: March 2015
    Type: Article
  • 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
    Type: Report