Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

Growing healthier communities

Congress in 1971 created the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) to encourage medical schools to increase the number of students and residents trained in underserved community-based settings. Through a combination of federal, state and local funding, NEOMED established the Northeast Ohio AHEC to foster collaboration between academic health centers and community organizations.

Focusing on health professional shortage areas and medically underserved populations, Northeast Ohio AHEC through regional centers:

  • 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 programs; and
  • assist communities in recruiting and training health providers.

The AHEC program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as part of an award totaling $1,185,928 with 50% percent financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.” For more information, visit,

Recruiting, supporting

& advancing students


Phone: 330.325.6584

Northeast Ohio Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

Department of Family & Community Medicine