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

The Alaska Center for Rural Health and Health Workforce oversees Alaska's Area Health Education Center (ACRHHW/AHEC) system and is housed within the College of Health at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The Mission of the program is to strengthen Alaska's primary care and behavioral health workforce by improving the distribution, supply and quality of healthcare personnel in Alaska.

To grow a workforce trained to address the current health needs of all Alaskans, the Alaska Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) work closely with health programs within the UA system and industry partners to:

  • Encourage high school students and people from disadvantages backgrounds into health career pathways
  • Provide immersion programs to broaden the experience of existing health care students (both Alaskan and out-of-state)
  • Provide continuing education and professional development opportunities to meet the needs of current professionals
  • Conduct applied research in the realm of Alaska's Healthcare workforce.

The Alaska AHEC has six regional AHEC offices, serving distinct geographic areas. The Alaska AHEC regional centers and host organizations are:

  • Interior Alaska AHEC hosted by Foundation Health Partners in Fairbanks
  • Northwest AHEC hosted by Ilisagvik College in Utqiagvik
  • South Central AHEC hosted by Alaska Primary Care Association and Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage
  • Southeast Alaska AHEC hosted by Southeast Regional Resource Center in Juneau
  • Southwest AHEC hosted by Bristol Bay Area Health in Dillingham
  • Yukon Kuskokwim AHEC hosted by Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel

Alaska CACHE Development - Collaboration within Alaska's Healthcare Industry

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