History of MAHEC
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In 1988, Missouri received federal funding to establish the foundation for an AHEC system. The goal is to address the mal-distribution crisis in the state's healthcare workforce. Since then, seven regional centers have been established and three of Missouri's medical schools, along with numerous collaborators throughout the state, have taken up the torch to improve the supply and distribution of multiple healthcare disciplines through community-based training and recruitment.
Today's MAHEC system provides service throughout the entire state by creating partnerships, amplifying resources, and helping to educate communities on the need to proactively recruit, train, and retain healthcare personnel. Our many partnership with community action groups, social service agencies, and healthcare providers make MAHEC a critical collaborator in improving the healthcare workforce.
At a national level, the AHEC program was developed by Congress in 1971 to recruit, train and retain a health professions workforce committed to underserved populations. Through community-based interdisciplinary training programs, AHECs work to achieve this goal.
AHEC helps to bring the resources of academic medicine to bear in addressing local community health needs. By their very structure, AHECs are able to respond in a flexible and creative manner in adapting national health initiatives to the particular needs of the nation's most vulnerable communities.
Today, 50 AHEC programs with more than 200 centers operate across the country. Approximately 120 medical schools and 600 nursing and allied health schools work collaboratively with AHECs to improve health for underserved and under-represented populations.