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
Connecticut Children's Medical Center/ UCONN Health
Danielle Warren, MSW
Connecticut Children's Medical Center/ UCONN Health
Rev. Andre L. McGuire Esq.
Southwestern AHEC: Community Health Worker Certification Course.
"You are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention"-Continuing Education Training Self-Study Guide
Medication Administration Certification for Early Childhood Educators and Child Care Providers.
Adult Mental Health First Aid Training
- CT AHEC FYI
- UCONN Center for Public Health and Health Policy Connecticut Area Health Education Center Network
- Health Careers in Connecticut (H.O.T. GUIDE)
- Soldier Support Program Online Mental Health Training Programs
- Intro to Health Information Literacy Resources for Teens- Webinar
- HPV Vaccination Resource Clearinghouse
1st Annual Central AHEC Health Fair and Dodgeball Tournament .
The Central AHEC Health Fair and Youth Dodgeball Tournament will be Friday, March 3rd from 4-7 PM at the Arroyo Recreation Center. The event will include a health fair attended by hospitals, community health providers, youth services, and other similar health-related agencies. The event will be free of charge and open to all. Simultaneously, we are hoping to run a modified dodgeball (mixed with capture the flag) tournament for Jr High-High school kids. Beginning at 5 pm, there will be a “Warzone Dodgeball” tournament for ages 13-18. To create a team, sign up at http://www.centralctahec.org/. You will need 4 people per team. Each team will receive a commemorative t-shirt, the top two teams will receive gift cards, and the champion team will receive trophies.
CNA Pathways to College:
We at Central AHEC are pleased to announce that we have been fully accredited as an official CNA training facility by the CT Department of Public Health. Classes are set to begin on January 30th. Our first class is limited to eight spaces, so please apply early! The application deadline is January 20th. The program aims to create culturally competent caregivers who hope to make healthcare a career. We are not charging tuition for the class, but students will need to pay for their own books and certification costs. We are confident the final cost will be under $300.00. We invite anyone in the community to apply and be part of this exciting adventure!
The application for cycle one has closed. The cycle two application period will open in mid-February.
Register Here for Cycle Two!
For further information or questions please contact:
Fernando Roldan, R.N.
860-231-6250 ext. 1304
*Note: Classes will be held Mon thru Friday 8:30 am till 4:00 pm for 3 to 4 weeks. Please Read Flyer Here
BE Inspired Videography and Photography Project:
Future Faces of Medicine.
Youth Health Service Corps Member: Ashley Dwyer
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.