Tennessee Area Health Education Centers

There is a shortage of medical care among rural communities and the urban poor and as a result, a higher burden of illness and mortality. The mission of the Tennessee Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program is to improve the supply and distribution of health care professionals in these communities with an emphasis on primary care.

The effort combines the talents of health care practitioners and school systems in Tennessee to attract young people to the sciences, nurture them through their biomedical studies, place them in rural settings, and support them as professional health care providers with ongoing educational opportunities.