AHEC Strategies

“Connecting students to careers, professionals to communities, and communities to better health.”


To enhance access to quality health care and improve health care outcomes by addressing the health workforce needs of medically disadvantaged communities and populations through partnerships between the institutions that train health professionals and the communities that need them most.

How AHEC Works

The New York State AHEC System is a health care workforce development initiative with effective strategies to cultivate a workforce that more closely matches the diversity of the state’s population and assure that each community has enough practitioners in the right categories (especially primary care).  New York State AHEC System strategies keep skills and talents in the state, contributing to the health of the economy while improving the health and well-being of all New Yorkers.

Connecting students to careers
From middle and high school students to adults seeking new skills, AHEC program participants learn the real-life roles and rewards of health care occupations. Early exposure sparks interest and sets adolescents on the right academic path. Retraining directs displaced or downsized workers into jobs with a future.

Connecting professionals to communities
AHEC helps students obtain clinical training with minority and disadvantaged populations, and in rural locales and urban neighborhoods. Underserved communities gain the qualified professionals they need since workers often return to practice in sites where they have trained.

Connecting communities to better health
AHEC works through community partnerships. We make sure we're addressing each area's specific needs and priorities by collaborating with schools, economic development agencies and health care institutions and practitioners.

What AHEC Does

Because each area is unique, regional AHECs collaborate closely with communities to address specific needs.

  • Leads students of all ages to careers in health care.
  • Recruits young people - especially from underserved and minority communities, both urban and rural - to health careers and training.
  • Partners with schools, colleges and universities to provide clinical training.
  • Places students and interns in underserved communities, where they'll want to work after training.
  • Recruits mentors and preceptors to guide students and interns.
  • Recruits practitioners for communities that need them.
  • Builds skills through continuing education.
  • Places students and interns in underserved communities where they are more likely to work after training.

AHEC gets results

Of AHEC program participants:

  • More than 86% of middle/high school students say they became more interested in working in health care.
  • Rates of college attendance (at least one semester) exceed state and national averages.
  • 85% of those attending college study in New York State, helping us to build a strong health care workforce.
  • 85% of those completing a clinical rotation in urban and rural communities say they would consider working in a medically underserved area.


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