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West Area Health Education Center

Established in 1986, the West Area Health Education Center program connects the academic health centers at the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville with medically under-served communities throughout the Commonwealth to address Kentucky healthcare access problems. Our goal is to improve the recruitment, distribution and retention of healthcare professionals in our region and to improve the health of the communities we serve.

West AHEC works in its 14-county service area to accomplish this goal by:

  • Coordinating student clinical training in local communities
  • Providing continuing education for health professionals close to home
  • Working with local schools in health careers promotion
  • Facilitating the development of community education events that meet community needs
  • Supporting library networks to meet the information needs of students and healthcare practitioners in the region

AHEC… Connecting students to careers, professionals to communities, and communities to better health.