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“AHEC? What does that mean?”

It’s an acronym that most people probably have never heard before. In short, AHEC works to support, train, recruit and retain the best health care professionals in our region. Officially, the University of Kentucky Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program is a collaborative effort with the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville Health Science Center and eight regional centers to positively affect the distribution of health professionals throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  The eight regional centers, or AHECs are strategically located throughout the state.

The AHECs affiliated with the University of Kentucky are:

The AHECs affiliated with the University of Louisville are:

Each AHEC is directed by an Advisory Board composed of community leaders and health care practitioners representative of the area. The AHECs are staffed by a Center Director and support staff that work with the universities, community medical facilities and practicing health professionals to accomplish the goals outlined below.


  • Provide resident and student educational rotations away from the university medical centers
  • Emphasize, promote and support primary care
  • Assist in the recruitment and retention of needed health professionals
  • Maintain library/learning resource centers and networks that serve students, preceptors and practicing health care professional in the areas
  • Provide health education to communities through health awareness and health promotion programs
  • Develop health careers awareness programs for youth, especially minority and disadvantaged students, and recruit participants for health professions preparation workshops
  • Increase awareness of the health care needs of Kentuckians through university faculty and local healthcare practitioners working together
  • Provide continuing education programs at the local and regional level