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.
Who We Are
Patricia Gonzalez, MS
Central CT Area Health Education Center, Inc.
Fernando Morales, MS
Latino Community Services, Inc.
Rebecca Santiago,RN, BSN
Center for Health Equity
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center
Myrna Millet Saez, MSW
MS/HS-BCP Connecticut Children's Medical Center
Rev. Andre L. McGuire Esq.
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.
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.