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Our Five Centers

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

AHECs were developed by Congress in 1971 to recruit, train and retain a health professions workforce for underserved populations. The National AHEC Organization (NAO) comprises over 300 program offices and regional centers, serving over 85% of U.S. counties.

Oregon Area Health Education Center builds statewide academic and community partnerships to reduce Health Profession Shortage Areas and improve the quality of health care for populations in need. Oregon Area Health Education Center is a partnership between OHSU and five Regional Centers, to better serve the needs of the state.


All AHECs are tasked with meeting four core mission areas, with effective program and outcomes measurement, and evaluative strategies to respond to changing health care needs.

Health Careers Offer creative, hands-on and innovative health career curriculums for pre-college level students. Improve the supply, distribution and diversity of healthcare professionals in rural and underserved communities in Oregon.

Health Profession Students - Through AHEC Scholars, connect students to clinical experiences with rural and underserved populations, facilitating future engagement for health career students to remain in their clinical practice regions and providing more sustainable health care in those areas following their training.

Health Professionals - Aid in recruitment, clinical placement and retention activities to address community and state health care workforce needs customized to each region in Oregon. Provide accredited continuing education programs and professional support to meet the needs of health care professionals, especially those practicing in rural and underserved areas.

Communities - AHECs are designed to be responsive to local health needs and serve as an important link between academic training programs and community-based outreach programs.

For specific programs run through the Oregon AHEC Program Office and the Regional Centers, please visit: Oregon AHEC Programs.

News and Events

June - July 2019 Introduction to Oregon HPVV Vaccination Week Webinar

June 29 - July 2 2019 Next Steps Summer Camp for Junior and Senior High School Students

July 18, 2019 application deadline: The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Rural Community Loan Repayment Program (LRP) is a new program for providers working to combat the opioid epidemic in the nation’s rural communitiesApplication

September 28, 2019 Oregon Medical Association Annual Conference

October 2 - 4, 2019 Oregon Rural Health Conference

June 18, 2019 Webinar: Introduction to Oregon HPV Vaccination Week

May 24, 2019 Columbia Pacific CCO leads opioid epidemic talks with White House drug policy advisor

February - April 2019 Oregon Area Health Education Center Director's Update

November 2018 AHEC Scholars News: Making an Impact in Rural and Underserved Oregon - One Student at a Time