The ST-AHEC, and its affiliated centers, partners with area health professions schools, clinics, and community-based organizations to focus on three goal areas:
- To prepare a diverse, culturally competent primary care workforce that reflects the communities we serve.
- To improve workforce distribution among rural and underserved areas.
- To develop and maintain a healthcare workforce that is prepared to deliver high-quality care, especially to those who live in the most vulnerable communities.
These goals are acknowledged and guide the tremendous programming efforts conducted by our AHEC site directors, program directors, and Research Initiative. The ST-AHEC has worked with the communities of South Texas to deliver continuing education programs for health care providers, pipeline programs to motivate youth to pursue health careers, community projects that offer health education, screenings, and open discourse about health barriers in the community. Most recently, the ST-AHEC has begun to implement a new program that is targeted at students currently pursuing health and allied health careers to learn and practice team based interprofessional strategies for patient treatment.