Information for: Health Professionals

Because AHECs emphasize community partnerships, our training programs reflect each area’s unique needs and priorities. In rural settings, training focuses on overcoming distance, or supporting science and math exposure in smaller schools. In lower-income urban areas, training focuses on basic health and preventive care, as well as educating students about disparities so they can better understand the community. Ultimately, our efforts will help achieve a more balanced distribution of health care resources and professionals—and thus better health—throughout the state.

  • Video conferencing and web-based training enable health care practitioners to receive continuing education from distant locations.
  • AHECs collaborate with educators and employers to identify community needs and develop training programs at all levels, from lab and surgical technology to public health graduate degrees.
  • We work with community partners to identify areas where health care workers are retiring, so that new professionals can be trained to replace them.

AHEC efforts also target adults who are seeking a new career, whose jobs have been eliminated, or who need new skills to keep pace with advancing technologies. Programs for retraining plus assistance to overcome obstacles such as child care or transportation direct people with good work skills into rewarding new careers in health care.

For example:
  • AHECs work with educators, professional organizations, workforce investment boards and employers to enhance local workforces through training for a variety of health care jobs.
  • We work with these same partners to develop career ladders that help qualified health care workers advance to higher level jobs.
  • A variety of programs provide continuing education to practicing health care professionals.


The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program provides $50,000 (or the outstanding balance of qualifying student loans if it is less than $50,000), tax free, to primary care medical, dental and mental health clinicians in exchange for 2 years of service at an approved site in a Health Professional Shortage Area. Upon completion of the service commitment, clinicians may be eligible to apply for (HPSA) additional support for extended service.

You can apply if you are already working at an approved site or seeking employment at a site that is either approved or meets site eligibility requirements and plans to become approved by applying for Recruitment and Retention Assistance. Loan Repayors fulfill their service commitments by providing full-time clinical care.

For more information please visit: http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loanrepayment/

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