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Mission & Objectives

WVAHEC Mission

"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." 



Program Objectives 


Introduce health profession careers and/or academic enhancement to students in grades 9-12 with an emphasis on high schools from a minority population or underserved area.




Provide health professions students and residents with clinical experiences in community-based settings, with an emphasis on rural and underserved settings. 




Promote the optimal use of the healthcare workforce and improve quality of care delivered through inter-professional collaboration.




Strengthen the existing healthcare workforce in rural and underserved areas and support the retention of community-based health professionals.



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