Our Programs

The goal of the Central AHEC Health Careers Exploration and Health Initiative is to educate present and future providers of health care and their communities. In order to fulfill this mission, the student-centered goals of our programs are to: improve knowledge of health careers, increase understanding of health disparities, promote personal development and growth, and support the completion of education and career goals.


Students are prepared to function in a healthcare settings helping the underserved & gain real life experience.
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Students are prepared to function in healthcare settings by learning about careers in the medical field.
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Summer Programs

Migrant Farm Workers Medical Summer Program 2016. Students assist medical staff serving the workers.
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Rising STAR

Connects high school students in the Greater Hartford area to resources and information on higher education.
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Who We Are

The Central Area Health Education Center, Inc. (Central AHEC) is a private, non-profit 501 (c) (3) community-based organization headquartered in Hartford, CT. We serve Hartford, Middlesex and Tolland Counties as well as the towns of Meriden and Wallingford. Our culturally and linguistically diverse staff possesses the knowledge, experience and professional relationships required to effectively address the broad-based challenges and opportunities related to reducing health disparities for ethnic and racial minorities and to increasing workforce diversity among the health-related professions. We have working relationships with health, education and philanthropic entities at the city, state and federal levels. Our past and continued success depends on the technical assistance and financial support we receive from individuals and public/private funding sources. Thanks to them we've been able to make progress in the following areas.
Board of Directors

Patricia Gonzalez, MS
Executive Director
Central CT Area Health Education Center, Inc.

Fernando Morales, MS
Board Chair
Executive Director
Latino Community Services, Inc.

Rebecca Santiago,RN, BSN
Board Secretary
Center for Health Equity
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center

Myrna Millet Saez, MSW
Board Member
MS/HS-BCP Connecticut Children's Medical Center

Rev. Andre L. McGuire Esq.
Board Member
JD (Retired)

BE Inspired Videography and Photography Project:
Future Faces of Medicine.

Youth Health Service Corps Member: Diamond Rodriguez

Central Area Health Education Center (Central AHEC) "BE Inspired" Videography Project's purpose is to express the impact of the YHSC Program. Central AHEC will encourage and highlight the YHSC students to be recognized as powerful agents of social change, community involvement, leadership and health career opportunities. The YHSC students will reflect on a real or imagined moment of conflict as inspiration of their personal and academic experiences. The project entails a combination of audio, still images and video narration of short personal stories.


CNA Pathways to College:

The CNA is an essential element in the delivery of quality care throughout the healthcare system. The role of the front line direct care worker has evolved over the years as healthcare and the needs of older populations have become more complex. Individuals in these occupations make up the largest proportion of direct care workers in long term care and home care settings. Our program will serve as a “gold standard” in how to train and prepare people to take on these roles. We believe that if our students are taught in a holistic manner the care they provide to their future patients will mirror their training. The program will prepare people to enter the healthcare field with an eye on the future and the tools necessary to begin working towards even loftier goals within the healthcare field.

Please Donate to AHEC and Make a Difference.

Central Area Health Education Center, Inc. is a private non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization.
Your donations dollars are tax deductible.

History of AHEC

The National Area Health Education Center Organization (NAO) was established in 1971 as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). It was created to link the resources of university health science centers with local planning, educational and clinical entities in order to address the distribution of health care providers in medically underserved urban and rural areas.

In 48 states, there are now more than 350 Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) similar to Central AHEC. Each state has at least one AHEC Program Office which functions as a lead administrator. In Connecticut, the Program Office is housed within the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. It provides administrative leadership to three other Connecticut AHEC offices in addition to Central AHEC.

Eastern AHEC – Primary location is New London with an additional office in Willimantic, Northwestern AHEC is in Waterbury and Southwestern AHEC is located in Shelton. The core funding for Connecticut AHEC operations comes from HRSA and the Connecticut Department of Higher Education.

Information about the National AHEC Organization can be found at www.nationalahec.org. National AHEC is dedicated to connecting students to careers, professionals to communities, and communities to better health.

Our Sponsors

Thanks to the generous sponsorships and partnerships with the following organizations, Central AHEC is able to provide many programs to the community.

Contact Us

Central Connecticut Area
Health Education Center
151 New Park Ave, Suite 3C
Hartford, CT 06106

Our office hours are
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Monday through Friday
T 860-231-6250


Staff Directory


  • Patricia Gonzalez - Executive Director 
  • Guisela Laureano - Executive Assistant x3035
  • Fernando Roldan, RN -  Community Health
    Program Coordinator x1304

Health Education

AmeriCorps x1028