AdobeStock_221643978.jpeg

ABOUT PA AHEC

Our Mission & Vision

 

Improve health and wellness by collaboratively developing and providing education programs to enhance community health and broaden the distribution of a diverse health workforce, particularly for rural and underserved Pennsylvanians. 

To fulfill this mission, Pennsylvania AHEC provides information, inspiration, assistance, and support to:

  • High school and college students interested in and pursuing health and dental careers

  • Health professional students exploring primary care and the care of vulnerable populations

  • Health and dental professionals seeking opportunities in rural and urban underserved Pennsylvania

  • Primary care providers and other health professionals needing continuing education

  • Community health workers requiring training and continuing education for state certification

  • Individuals pursuing second careers in health care

We collaborate with teachers, faculty, guidance counselors, and advisors. We educate patients, professionals, and students about managing diseases like diabetes, addressing mental health concerns, stopping tobacco use, and tackling the challenges facing those living in poverty. We connect health systems, rural health clinics, and community health centers with students and professionals prepared to meet the needs of all Pennsylvanians.

Vision

 

Quality, equitable health and wellness for all Pennsylvanians. 

  • Strengthen collaborative relationships across the regional AHECs to enhance our ability to plan and coordinate creative activities, share quality information and leverage resources.

  • Create health promotion initiatives and continuing professional education programs that fully engage the interdisciplinary health care community - students, educators, researchers and providers - in the planning, implementation and evaluation. Gain the trust and active participation of a cross-section of health care consumers, especially from underserved areas of the state in this effort.

  • Develop and maintain fully functioning partnerships with governmental agencies, educational institutions and community organizations in order to secure fiscal resources and political support for the AHEC agenda.

  • Disseminate what we have learned widely, using both community-based and professional forum, measure the results of our programs through the use of clear objectives, sound methodology and reliable data.

  • Promote the design, implementation and evaluation of technology that can foster the connectivity among consumer, academician and health care practitioners.

Program Office

Pennsylvania AHEC is led by a Program Office based in the Penn State College of Medicine’s Department of Family and Community Medicine. The Program Office coordinates statewide funding, program development, program evaluation, grant reporting, and networking.

 

Regional AHEC Centers

Seven regional AHEC Centers provide “boots on the ground” across Pennsylvania. The centers work closely with regional partners, implement the programs and services provided by Pennsylvania AHEC, and understand the needs and culture of the counties and communities in their area. 

 
NorthWest_PA.png
NORTHWEST
NORTHCENTRAL.png
NORTHEAST.png
SOUTHEAST.png
SOUTHCENTRAL.png
EASTCENTRAL.png
SOUTHEAST_2.png
NORTHCENTRAL
NORTHEAST
SOUTHWEST
SOUTHCENTRAL
EASTCENTRAL
SOUTHEAST
Program Office.png

PROGRAM OFFICE • HERSHEY, PA

EASTCENTRAL PA AHEC

BERKS

CARBON

LEHIGH

NORTHHAMPTON

SCHUYKLL

 NORTHCENTRAL PA AHEC

CENTRE

CLINTON

COLUMBIA

LYCOMING

MIFFLIN

MONTOUR

NOTHUMBERLAND

SNYDER

TIOGA

UNION

 NORTHEAST PA AHEC

BRADFORD

LACKAWANA

LUZERNE

MONROE

PIKE

SULLIVAN

SUSQUEHANNA

WAYNE

WYOMING

 NORTHWEST PA AHEC

BUTLER

CAMERON

CLARION

CLEARFIELD

CRAWFORD

ELK 

ERIE

FOREST

JEFFERSON

LAWRENCE

MCKEAN

MERCER

POTTER

VENANGO

WARREN

 SOUTHCENTRAL PA AHEC

 SOUTHEAST PA AHEC

BUCKS

CHESTER

DELAWARE

MONTGOMERY

PHILADELPHIA

 SOUTHWEST PA AHEC

ALLEGHENY

ARMSTRONG

BEAVER

FAYETTE

GREENE

WASHINGTON

WESTMORELAND

ADAMS

BEDFORD

BLAIR

CAMBRIA

CUMBERLAND

DAUPHIN

FRANKLIN

FULTON

HUNTINGDON

INDIANA

JUNIATA

LANCASTER

LABANON

PERRY

SOMERSET

YORK

Center Leadership

thumbnail_image001_edited_edited.jpg

Center Director
Eastcentral PA AHEC

Susan_edited_edited.jpg

Executive Director
Northcentral PA AHEC

2018_Debra%20Youngfelt%20(002)_edited_edited.jpg

Executive Director
Northeast PA AHEC

Jane 2021_edited_edited.jpg

Executive Director
Northwest PA AHEC

Sharon_edited_edited.jpg

Executive Director
Soutcentral PA AHEC

C%20Polit%20headshot_edited_edited.jpg

Executive Director
Southeast PA AHEC

Lynne%202013_edited_edited.jpg

Executive Director
Southwest PA AHEC

 
AdobeStock_103582530.jpeg

Statewide Advisory Board

Seven regional AHEC Centers provide “boots on the ground” across Pennsylvania. The centers work closely with regional partners, implement the programs and services provided by Pennsylvania AHEC, and understand the needs and culture of the counties and communities in their area. 

Our program office and regional affiliates:​

 

  • AHEC serves as a bridge between academic training programs and community partners.

  • AHEC facilitates regional and statewide continuing education programs.

  • AHEC provides opportunities for students in clinical training programs to experience working in rural and urban medically underserved communities.

  • AHEC assists in providing a more robust pipeline of future health care professionals through a variety of medical, college, and high school student programs.

  • AHEC partners with community organizations to improve community health and wellness.