Oregon Area Health Education Center (AHEC) works statewide to improve the availability, continuity and quality of health care for communities and populations in need. ORAHEC is a partnership between OHSU and five Regional Centers.

National AHEC Organization

We are part of a consortium of AHEC Programs and Centers located in most all 50 states:

National Area Health Education Center Organization (NAO)

Comprehensive AHEC Directory

What We Do

Oregon AHEC helps develop health career pathways and sustainable healthcare in Oregon communities through the following activities:

  • Conduct programs to expose and recruit high school students from rural or underserved areas into health careers
  • Prepare OHSU students to effectively provide health services to underserved areas and health disparity populations by supporting field placements, rural and community health clerkships and rural residency programs
  • Conduct and participate in interdisciplinary education for future health professionals focused on rural and underserved communities
  • Facilitate continuing education and information dissemination programs for health care professionals, with an emphasis on individuals providing care in underserved areas and for health disparity populations
  • Support the development of diverse health care professionals committed to delivery of high-quality care in rural or underserved areas
  • Implement effective program and outcomes measurement and evaluation strategies to respond to changing health care needs
Opioid Symposium

Oregon Area Health Education Center invites practicing health professionals, health care administrators, health profession students, and all those interested to attend the first ever, Oregon AHEC Opioid Symposium, live streamed from OHSU South Waterfront Campus, Knight Cancer Research Building, Room 1011 to four sites throughout Oregon.


 November 2018-January 2019 Oregon Area Health Education Center Director's Update 

AHEC Scholars News: Making an Impact in Rural and Underserved Oregon - One Student at a Time

Dr. Kent Thornburg, director of the Moore Institute for Nutrition and Wellness at OHSU: Zip Code May be more Important to your Health than Genetic Code

Rural Health Research Center study on Role of P.A.s and N.P.s in addressing workforce shortage