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Texas AHEC East began at the University of Texas Medical Branch in October 1991 and celebrated 25 yrs in 2017.

Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) were first proposed by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education in the early 1970’s as a means of addressing the maldistribution of health professionals in medically underserved areas throughout the nation.

Today, 52 AHEC programs with more than 240 centers operate in 42 states.  Approximately 120 medical schools and 600 nursing and allied health schools work collaboratively with AHECs to improve health for underserved and under-represented populations. 

Most AHEC programs receive both local state funding and federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Workforce.