The North Dakota Area
Health Education Center (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.
The North Dakota AHEC operates through a formal partnership with the:
AHEC Program Office, located at the Center for Rural Health, University of North Dakota
School of Medicine & Health Sciences