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Alaska Center for Rural Health, Alaska's AHEC - A Brief Overview

The Alaska Center for Rural Health and Health Workforce (ACRH-HW) exists to help strengthen systems to deliver comprehensive and culturally relevant health care to rural Alaska. It serves all aspects of Alaska's rural health system: Native and non-Native, physical and behavioral, within all disciplines as they struggle to address our state's health delivery challenges.

Alaska's Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is a statewide university-industry partnership housed within the ACRH-HW. It isfocused on strengthening Alaska's health workforce. in three distinct areas:

  • Encouraging youth and people from disadvantaged backgrounds to enter health careers
  • Coordinating clinical rotations to encourage health-profession students to secure and retain employment in areas with underserved populations
  • Providing continuing education in underserved areas, with the goal of retaining health care workers

The Alaska AHEC partners with health facilities and organizations to create regional AHEC offices, serving distinct geographic areas. The Alaska AHEC regional centers and host organizations are:

  • Yukon Kuskokwim AHEC hosted by Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel
  • Interior Alaska AHEC hosted by Fairbanks Memorial Hospital in Fairbanks
  • South Central AHEC hosted by Providence Health & Services Alaska in Anchorage
  • Southeast Alaska AHEC hosted by Peace Health Medical Center in Ketchikan
  • Northwest AHEC hosted by Ilisagvik College in Barrow

Alaska CACHE Development – Collaboration within Alaska's Healthcare Industry

The Alaska CACHE is a major initiative of the ACRH/AHEC made possible through collaboration with several healthcare industry partners. These partners serve on the Alaska CACHE Development Subcommittee and contribute heavily to its design and functionality. They are: