About Us

History

The federal Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program was established in 1973 as a way to encourage medical schools to increase the number of students and residents trained in rural communities. The AHEC Program is housed in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration.

The Connecticut AHEC Program was established in 1995 by Connecticut General Assembly and received initial federal funding in 1997. The program is based at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington and implemented by regional AHECs in Waterbury, Hartford, Bridgeport and Willimantic.

At Eastern AHEC, Inc., our goal is to ensure our actions align with our mission: to deliver quality, meaningful services that positively impact our community. We strive to meet critical needs in the community with the utmost quality, provide excellent service, passionately deliver culturally and linguistically appropriate healthcare education and increase the diversity, quality, and distribution of future healthcare professionals. We continue to seek opportunities to better serve the community and through passion and partnership.

Eastern AHEC, Inc. was established on February 29, 1996 and recently celebrated our 20th Anniversary.

Vision

Connect students to careers, professionals to communities, and communities to better health.

Guiding Values

We at Eastern CT AHEC, Inc. “C.A.R.E.” about making a difference for society.

CCommitment to healthcare excellence and innovation in New London and Windham counties.

A – Accountability through collaboration, community-based clinical education, and healthcare career pipeline activities.

R – Respect through courteous, responsive, and professional relationships.

E – Equity through the development of culturally competent healthcare professionals, services, and education.

Objectives

  • Coordinate and organize continuing education programs for medical and social service providers and their organizations that meet regulatory requirements for continuing education units and accreditation.
  • Recruit, train, and retrain community health workers and institute advanced career paths through higher education.
  • Provide health career recruitment programs to high school and college students by introducing future health professions and, at the same time, provide care to those who are currently under-served medically.
  • Cultivate and promote interest in developing international approaches and strategies to meet the healthcare needs of the growing immigrant and refugee populations in the region.

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