History and Description

Office of Statewide Initiatives

Program History and Development

Nevada AHEC was established by the Nevada Legislature in 1987 and provided additional authorization in 2003. Nevada Area Health Education Centers have offices in Reno, Las Vegas, and Elko to provide services statewide to all Nevada counties.

Program Description

The AHEC program mission is consistent with a national network of programs to enhance access to quality health care, particularly primary and preventive care, by improving the supply and distribution of health care professionals through community/academic educational partnerships. The AHEC reaches out to rural and urban areas with shortages of health care professionals. Continuing education classes, information services, student programs, library services, and innovations in distance linkages provide enhanced practice opportunities for health practitioners in Nevada.

The National AHEC System

The AHEC (Area Health Education Centers) program was developed by Congress in 1971 to recruit, train and retain a health professions workforce committed to underserved populations. The strength of the AHEC Network is its ability to creatively adapt national initiatives to help address local and regional healthcare issues. Today, 56 AHEC programs with more than 235 centers operate in almost every state and the District of Columbia. Approximately 120 medical schools and 600 nursing and allied health schools work collaboratively with AHECs to improve health for underserved and under-represented populations.