The primary objective of the West Central Alabama Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is to increase the number of students who enter healthcare programs, train in rural and under-served areas, and obtain healthcare jobs. AHEC is a way for students to dabble in the arts of healthcare fields as well as obtain more knowledge about the varieties of the healthcare field. We are "recruiting,training,and retaining future healthcare providers" while serving the west central Alabama community.
The Statewide AHEC Program is establishing five regional offices around the state that address the access goal by undertaking a number of initiatives to increase the number of students who enter healthcare programs, train in rural and under-served areas, and obtain healthcare jobs. Increasing the numbers of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dentists, therapists, and other health professionals, especially those coming from rural and under-served areas, has been shown to increase access and improve the overall health of communities.