"Supporting the recruitment and retention of health professionals through diversity, distribution, and practice transformation."

Strategies used to achieve our goals:

  • Utilize secondary data analysis to consider which counties are at high risk for health disparities and morbidity.

  • Contact potential stakeholders in each county and perform primary needs assessments and analysis via interviews and Community Engagement meetings.

  • Collaborate with partners and stakeholders to design programs for students to engage them towards rural health care careers.

  • Track students over their educational years to monitor their intended health career track and if they then decide to practice in a rural area.

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

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