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The Michigan Area Health Education Center (MI-AHEC) was established in 2010 to improve access to primary care for all Michigan residents, many of whom live in areas that have too few health professionals. Through recruitment and retention initiatives, as well as special clinical education programs, MI-AHEC seeks to expose disadvantaged students to health care opportunities, expand the number of underrepresented minorities in the health professions, and encourage students and health professionals to work in areas that need greater access to primary care providers. The national AHEC program was created by Congress in 1971.

Michigan AHEC is funded in part through the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions Federal Grant # U77HP26582

The Upper Peninsula Regional Center is responsible for implementing Michigan AHEC goals in all 15 counties in the Upper Peninsula including: Alger, Baraga, Chippewa, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon and Schoolcraft.

Through various partnership capacities, UP AHEC aims to increase health career opportunities for students, provide health profession student training, and offer continuing education credit through educational programs.

  • Health Career Preparation - UP AHEC provides experiences and activities for students interested in pursuing a health career.


  • Community-Based Student Education (CBSE) - UP AHEC coordinates clinical placement requests and provides support to students across Michigan's Upper Peninsula who are completing their rotation or experience in a rural, medically underserved setting.


  • Continuing Education (CE) - UP AHEC supports health professionals by identifying CE needs, connecting clinicians to program material via distance technology, and assisting communities and clinics with retention of primary care providers.

For more information visit Michigan AHEC

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