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Professional Education and Support (PES)

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In Texas, many rural and urban medically underserved communities face significant shortages of health professionals. Texas AHEC East works with these communities to determine their needs and assist them in recruiting individuals to address shortages.  Our Professional Education & Support Program is designed to recruit, train and retain a health professions workforce with a priority to meet needs of underserved populations.
 We provide opportunities directed toward
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  • We encourage the use of Texas Health Match, our web-based, software-driven matching tool to recruit and retain healthcare providers, healthcare related professionals, and health industry skilled workers.
  • We promote efforts to build healthy communities by supporting the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), which places qualified providers in areas of the country that have too few health care professionals to serve people who live there. The NHSC repays educational loans and provides scholarships to those primary care providers. Many Corps members choose to remain in underserved communities after their service commitment has ended.
  • Texas AHEC East offers access to accredited continuing education (CE) programs and professional support for health care professionals. Programs are often designed to provide continuing education related to selected, high priority, emerging, or urgent health issues with an emphasis on inter-professional team educational strategies. Offerings are especially targeted for health professionals serving the underserved, with 90% of those professionals identifying the CE as contributing to retention measures.
  • We work diligently to enhance and support the ability of the healthcare provider in a rural or medically underserved area to set up practice and to continue practicing in those areas.
Check out our regional calendars to see what is going on in a region nearest you.


Capital Region

Greater Houston

Greater Houston Region


Waco Region


Victoria Region

Piney Woods

Piney Woods Region

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DFW Region

North East

Northeast Region



Coastal Region

 Click here to see all the latest information on our PES programs, activities, events and resources!
Click here for a one-page PES information sheet

These efforts are funded in part by is USDHHS/HRSA/BHPGrant U77HP01066