Texas AHEC - Northeast Region

Counties served:

Bowie, Camp, Cass, Collin, Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Grayson, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Hunt, Kaufman, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Panola, Rains, Red River, Rockwall, Rusk, Smith, Titus, Upshur, Van Zandt and Wood

Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) were first proposed by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education in the early 1970s as a means of addressing the maldistribution of health professionals in medically underserved areas throughout the nation.

Texas AHEC East is a Charter member of the National AHEC Organization (NAO) https://www.nationalahec.org/ now comprised of 56 AHEC programs and more than 235 centers operating in almost every state and the District of Columbia. AHEC programs work collaboratively with medical schools, nursing and allied health schools to improve health for underserved and under-represented populations.

Most AHEC programs receive both local state funding and federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. https://bhw.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/bhw/health-workforce-analysis/program-highlights/area-health-education-centers-2017.pdf 

With the mission to "make communities healthier," Texas AHEC East is devoted to improving the supply, distribution, retention, and training of varied health professionals in medically under-served areas. Our activities and events are aligned with four major program areas:

  1. Health Careers Promotion and Preparation

  2. Community-based Student Education

  3. Professional Education and Support

  4. Community Health and Development.


Texas AHEC East is making communities healthier


Optimal health for all people in our region.

Guiding Principles:


The Facts

60 million Americans, or nearly one in five, lack adequate access to primary care due to a shortage of primary care physicians in their communities.

The rural population is one of the largest physician-underserved populations in the U.S.

Economic factors, cultural and social differences, educational shortcomings, lack of recognition by legislators and the sheer isolation of living in remote rural areas all conspire to impede rural Americans in their struggle to lead a normal, healthy life.


The program office is located in Galveston, Texas on the campus of the University of Texas Medical Branch (https://www.txaheceast.org/). We cover the area of East Texas with our eight regional offices, which are uniquely positioned within the community and are hosted by local community institutions or are non-profit organizations.

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