The AHEC (Area Health Education Centers) program was developed by Congress in 1971 to recruit, train and retain a health professions workforce committed to under-served populations. The AHEC program helps bring the resources of academic medicine to address local community health needs. AHEC supports community-based interprofessional clinical training, continuing education, and outreach activities in order to improve the distribution, diversity, quality, and supply of the primary care health professions workforce serving in rural and under-served health care delivery sites.
The South Texas AHEC Program is committed to improving the health status and quality of life for residents of South Texas. Our mission is to improve access to culturally competent and quality health care through appropriate preparation, composition, and distribution of the health professional workforce in a primarily underserved and highly impoverished 35 counties of South Texas.