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The Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) program was developed by Congress in 1971 to recruit, train and retain a health professions workforce committed to under served populations. The AHEC program helps bring the resources of academic medicine to address local community health needs. WV AHEC addresses disparities in rural health and encourages cooperation between the community and the providers of rural health


Mission Statement:

"Improve the health of our communities by developing an interdisciplinary workforce prepared to address the health needs of rural and under served communities of West Virginia."


Our partners include, but are not limited to:

Our Infrastructure consists of:

  • 5 Regional Centers
  • 743 rural field faculty practitioners
  • 456 training sites, 112 of which are located in Health Professions Shortage Areas (HPSAs), Medically Under served Areas (MUAs), or serve primarily under served populations