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Texas AHEC East incorporates HRSA’s 6 core topic areas into its programs

Goal –AHEC participants in health technical and professional education programs are better prepared for, and choose a primary health care practice setting serving people in rural and other medically underserved areas to address unmet health care needs.

One objective in meeting this goal is to ensure all six (6) core topic areas,  are fully incorporated into educational and training activities of Texas AHEC East’s AHEC Scholars, Community Based Education and Training (CBET), and Continuing Education activities 

Inter-professional Education (IPE)  (also known as interdisciplinary training)  supports a coordinated, patient-centered model of health care that involves an understanding of the contributions of multiple health care professionals; The core concept animating IPE — “that no single profession can optimize patient care.”

Behavioral Health Integration promotes the development of integrated primary and behavioral health services to better address the needs of individuals with mental health and substance use conditions. Many primary care providers are integrating behavioral health care services and the Center for Integrated Health Solutions monitors activities and models around the country in order to share best practices with the primary and behavioral healthcare professionals.

Social Determinants of Health includes five key area (determinants) [Economic Stability, Education, Social and Community Context, Health and Health Care, and Neighborhood and Built Environment] and how the conditions in which we live explain in part why some Americans are healthier than others and why Americans more generally are not as healthy as they could be.

Cultural Competency seeks to improve individual health and build healthy communities by training health care providers to  effectively deliver health care services that meet the social, cultural, and linguistic needs of patients recognizing and addressing the unique culture, language and health literacy of diverse consumers and communities.

Practice Transformation aims to fully support quality improvement and patient-centered care through goal-setting, leadership, practice facilitation, workflow changes, measuring outcomes, and adapting organizational tools and processes to support new team-based models of care delivery.

Current and emerging health issues (e.g., Zika virus, pandemic influenza, opioid abuse, geographically relevant health issues, etc.) are an integral part of professional development and continued education for care givers.