North Central Area Health Education Center

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North Central Area Health Education Center
1030 Old State Road
Park Hills, KY 41011
United States
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Phone
(859) 442-1191
Fax
(859) 581-0589
Website
http://www.nckyahec.org/



North Central Area Health Education Center

The North Central AHEC is the newest of Kentucky's eight regional AHEC Centers and is part of the National AHEC Organization (NAO). The North Central AHEC was established in 1998 to serve 16 counties in the north central portion of the State. The main office is located in Park Hills with a smaller office in Lexington.

AHEC Assigns, Supports & Recruits Healthcare Students. It Offers Community Health Education, Health Career Recruiting, & Professional Development.

The Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program was created by Congress in 1971 as a strategy to address the shortage of primary care physicians and other health care professionals. Through a combination of federal, state and local funding, medical schools were encouraged to establish regional AHEC centers which foster collaboration between the academic health centers and community organizations. The medical schools were also encouraged to increase the number of students and residents trained in underserved and rural community-based settings.

Each AHEC center is overseen by a local governing or advisory board composed of health professionals, educators, business leaders and variety of consumer groups. Today, there are 45 AHEC programs in 43 states that are designed to bridge the gaps that exist between primary health care and the population.

Focusing on health professional shortage areas, AHEC programs:

  • Develop and support community based education for medical, dental, nursing, pharmacy, allied health and other students;
  • Meet continuing education needs for a broad array of health professionals;
  • Recruit under-represented and disadvantaged persons into health careers;
  • Conduct health promotion and disease prevention activities that respond to defined community needs, with emphasis on underserved areas and populations with serious unmet health care needs;
  • Assist communities in recruiting and retaining health providers; and,
  • Provide information dissemination, educational support and technical assistance to reduce professional isolation, increase retention and enhance the practice environment.

Services

Under the leadserhip of Evelyn "Karkie" Tackett, MHA, Center Director, the North Central AHEC has developed cooperative relationships with area clinics, hospitals, health departments, schools, colleges, and community groups. Programs and services include:

  • Clinical education training opportunities for health care professions students,
  • Identification and recruitment of potential clinical training sites for health professions students,
  • Health education programming for schools and community groups,
  • Health careers recruitment activities in schools, and
  • Programs to meet the growing health needs of the Hispanic and undeserved minority populations.

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