Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) are part of a network of regional centers that are coordinated through a central program office. Each regional center is “locally grown” and is designed to assess and meet the needs of citizens in that specific region. There are over 235 AHECs in 49 states. The purpose of AHECs is to improve the quality of health care, especially primary and preventative care, by improving the distribution, diversity, and quality of the health-professions workforce. AHECs help fill the workforce needs in our underserved communities by recruiting students from those communities into health professions training programs close to home. Our Indiana AHEC Program Office is housed at the Indiana University School of Medicine because of federal funding requirements that AHECs be housed in a school of allopathic or osteopathic medicine. AHECs have been in existence nationally for over 30 years. There are 8 regional Area Health Education Centers in Indiana to ensure comprehensive and effective statewide support to medically underserved communities. AHEC has been in Indiana since 2001, with the Metropolitan Indianapolis–Central Indiana Area Health Education Center (MICI-AHEC) established in 2006.
A healthy Indiana needs healthy communities. And it needs health care professionals in all areas of the state, from inner cities to rural neighborhoods, prepared to help educate citizens about health problems and issues and to provide quality service. The Metropolitan Indianapolis-Central Indiana Area Health Education Center (MICI-AHEC) seeks to provide communities with health care professionals prepared to meet their needs.
IN AHEC Program Office gives MICI-AHEC main objectives to achieve through our programming:
Our first objective is to offer Kids Into Health Careers programming. We improve knowledge and awareness among pre-college and college students, school counselors, and parents in medically underserved communities (MUC) of health professions career opportunities and resources, with particular emphasis on under-represented minority and disadvantaged (URMD) pre-college and college students.
Objective two is clinical exposure; increasing exposure of health professions students to MUC and other health professions disciplines.
Our third objective is quality improvement. We are to enhance access to continuing education (CE) to health professionals and to clinical information resources that are responsive to the needs of clinicians caring for MUC and to the health care needs of those communities.
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