Area Health Education Centers Program
Daniel S. Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.H.
Katherine Erwin, D.D.S.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Professions Grant, the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is an academic and community partnership within the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine. AHEC plans, develops, operates, and maintains health education centers that link the university health science center with local planning and educational and clinical resources. As part of a network of a nationwide network of more than 40 AHEC programs, our program collaborates with hospitals, community colleges, nursing homes, community health centers, local and state health departments, and community groups. We work closely with the Georgia Statewide AHEC Network, which is funded through the Medical College of Georgia.
Founded in 1984, the MSM AHEC Program includes the following centers:
AHEC provides essential support for our Rural Primary Care Clerkship, Community Health Course, and Clinical Preceptorship, as well as the school’s Pediatric Residency Program and other community-based educational and health promotion initiatives.
The Health Education and Training Centers (HETC) Program was closely associated with the AHEC Program until 2006, when the Congress eliminated HETC funding. HETC established community coalitions and trained community health workers in low-income communities across the state; many of these went on to become self-sustaining, such as the Southeast Georgia Communities Project.
National AHEC Organization