Alaska’s Area Health Education Centers, known as AHEC, is a statewide partnership between the University of Alaska and healthcare industry partners. AHEC’s mission is to strengthen Alaska’s health workforce from “pipeline to placement.” The AHEC model was established in 1972 and has expanded to 50 states within the US, with Alaska as one of the most recent additions to the network in 2005. Alaska’s AHECs serve the state from five locations: Fairbanks, Bethel, Barrow, Sitka and Anchorage.

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Initially funded by the Health Resources and ServicesAHEC map Administration (HRSA), Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) are academic and community partnerships that address health care workforce issues by exposing students to health care career opportunities that they otherwise would not have encountered, establishing community-based training sites for students in service-learning and clinical capacities, providing continuing education programs for health care professionals, and evaluating the needs of underserved communities. 

South Central Alaska Area Health Education Center (SCAHEC) is sponsored by the Alaska Primary Care Association in partnership with Providence Alaska medical Center.

SCAHEC serves South Central Alaska’s health workforce in Cook Inlet including Anchorage  *  Matanuska-Susitna Valley  *  Kenai Peninsula  *  Prince William Sound  *  Copper River Valley  *  Kodiak Island.

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