South Texas Area Health Education Centers (ST-AHEC)
The purpose of the ST-AHEC Program is to develop and enhance education and training networks within communities, academic institutions, and community-based organizations to increase diversity among health professional, broaden the distribution of the health workforce, enhance health care quality, and improve health care delivery to rural and underserved areas and populations. The South Texas Area Health Education (ST-AHEC) Program office provides administrative, fiscal and programmatic oversight to five regional Centers. The South Texas AHEC is now housed at the UT-Health School of Nursing and reports to Dean Eileen T. Breslin.
Students accepted into the upcoming AHEC Scholars pilot program beginning March 1st are required to complete a 10-hour community/clinic rotation, in addition to 10-hours of didactic training. South Central AHEC, along with South Coastal AHEC, will be one of the first AHEC sites to host students as part of the AHEC Scholars program and have set up several partnerships within their respective region for students to complete their community/clinic rotation. South Central AHEC would like to highlight its’ partnership with El Bari Community Health Center and Reaching Maximum Independence, Inc.
Targeted Access to Community Knowledge, Linkage to treatment and Education- Dr. Waridibo Allison, an infectious diseases and internal medicine doctor at the University of Texas Health at San Antonio, recently partnered with South Central AHEC to lead an area network of five Ryan White HIV/AIDS program (RWHAP) funded clinics in implementing comprehensive, effective HCV screening and care treatment systems in people living with HIV including people of color across four South Texas counties.
Dr. Fozia Ali, family physician, associate professor at UT Health, and an avid AHEC partner and Bexar TAB member, recently taught a Pakistani cooking class at the Raindrop Turkish House. Raindrop, a non-profit community center founded by Turkish-Americans in Houston in 2000, hosts monthly cooking series called Celebrating the International Flavors of San Antonio, as a way to cultivate friendship and promote understanding of diverse cultures.
South Central AHEC and UT School of Public Health San Antonio Regional Campus are gearing up to host their annual Public Health Camp. The summer camp will take place from June 18th -June 22nd and will be open to high schools students across San Antonio that will be in the 10th-12th grades in the fall of 2018. Camp activities include presentations by public health professors and health professions students, daily field trips and hands-on activities and success tips for college applications to health care careers! The week long camp is free and meals will be provided for all students. Registration for the camp will begin February 12, 2018! The camp will have limited spaces so we encourage everyone to register early! For more information please contact Ariel Gomez at Gomeza6@uthscsa.edu.