The AHEC Mission To enhance access to quality health care, particularly primary and preventive care, by improving the supply and distribution of healthcare professionals through community/academic educational partnerships.
The AHEC program was initiated in response to the Carnegie Commission’s 1970 report which identified the need to improve health manpower training. Congress, responding to this report, included a provision in the Comprehensive Health Manpower Training Act, allowing the Department of Health, Education and Welfare to contract with medical schools to assist in the planning, developing and operation of AHECs. The Health Professions Education Assistance Act of 1976 provided for the continuation of the original programs and authorized the development of additional AHECs. SAHEC provides a bridge between the University of Toledo College of Medicine and the health education resources in our area. The AHEC Centers coordinate clinical training opportunities with local health care providers and facilities.