San Diego Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

AHEC Mission Statement:
“To enhance access to quality health care, particularly primary andpreventive care, by improving the supply and distribution of healthcare professionals through community/academic educational partnerships.”

AHEC Overview:
Overall AHECs throughout CaliforniaExternal Site / New Window are multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary, community-based programs that work with academic partners to address the primary health care and workforce needs of medically underserved communities. AHEC is funded in part by grant funds administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSAExternal Site / New Window) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A fundamental requirement of any AHEC program is an affiliation with a school of medicine and in the state of California, the University of California system provides the school of medicine partnership for local Cal-AHECExternal Site / New Window programs.

There are forty-six AHECsExternal Site / New Window across the country which supports one hundred and eighty centers in underserved communities. Sixty percent of these centers are community based non-profit organizations, nineteen percent are community colleges, nine percent are community hospitals, and three percent are health centers. Total funding for AHECExternal Site / New Window programs is approximately 35 million dollars.

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