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Western New York Rural Area Health Education Center (R-AHEC)
r-ahec The Western New York Rural Area Health Education Center (WNY R-AHEC) is a non-profit independent facilitation resource that creates community partnerships to educate and place health care professionals - doctors, nurses, dentists, technologists, and other allied health practitioners - in the underserved areas where they are needed most. WNY R-AHEC is headquartered in Warsaw, New York and serves as a networking hub to a rural 12-county region. We link academic institutions, students, health facilities and professionals together, working to address the health manpower needs of our rural communities. Considering community input and keeping in mind the expectations of the national AHEC program, our Center's areas of focus include the following:
  • Career education and career path development for local youth at all school levels
  • Coordination of rural preceptors and student training opportunities
  • On-going training for area professionals
  • Career ladder development
  • Community needs assessment and priority area professional recruitment
  • Community and facility consultation services

In addition to these core services, the WNY R-AHEC is involved with organizing upwards of twenty community-based projects at any given point in time. These projects vary in scope and focus and are designed to target specific community needs. Projects can range from 2-day career education camps for seventh and eighth graders to distance learning programs that support rural practitioners in improving women's health.

R-AHEC is part of the New York State Area Health Education Center System (NYS AHEC System). The NYS AHEC System is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Award titled Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program (U77). The content and information is solely the responsibility of the authors and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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Western NY Rural Area Health Education Center, Inc. is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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