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Chicago Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

AHEC, the Area Health Education Center, works to recruit, support, and maintain a diverse health care workforce.

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The Chicago Area Health Education Center is part of the National AHEC Organization (NAO) developed by Congress in 1971 to recruit, train and retain a health professions workforce committed to under-served populations. Locally, within the Illinois AHEC Network, the Chicago AHEC program provides a link between needed health resources and local communities.

The goal of Chicago AHEC is to meet primary care and public health workforce needs in the Chicago area. Our activities include:

Health Careers Promotion
Our Speakers Bureau links professionals representing diverse health careers—from nursing and medicine, to public health and psychology—to career seekers to inform, motivate and empower them to pursue attainable health career goals.

Through partnerships with Health & Medicine’s Chicago Schweitzer Fellows for Life program and other networks, Chicago AHEC provides professional mentorship to underrepresented students who are enrolled in health career programs across the Chicagoland area. In 2016, we provided health professionals as career speakers to over 500 Chicago Public School students.

Are you interested in sharing your professional experience by being  a member of our Speakers Bureau? We encourage health professionals of all levels to sign up. Click here to register.
After registering to be a member of our Speakers Bureau, we will send you an acknowledgement e-mail containing a link to a survey that asks questions to help us better match you with speaking opportunities.

Professional Education and Support
Chicago AHEC hosts interdisciplinary/inter-professional trainings to promote best practices in primary care, health promotion, and delivery reform. The intent is to include a wide range of health professions to support interdisciplinary sharing and learning. Past interdisciplinary trainings have included a Train-the-Trainer workshop on Veterans’ Behavioral and Mental Health services.

Community-Based Student Education
Our Speakers Bureau is available to speak to and mentor students in community-based settings about health disparities, health topics, health promotion, and service learning. Chicago AHEC also offers job shadowing experiences in community-based settings. Our community-based education focuses on promoting interdisciplinary collaboration, public health principles, and policy development around key health workforce challenges in collaboration with Heath & Medicines’ other program areas. Recent activates include a pilot program for 42 “opportunity youth” at three community sites, providing them with essential skills, health workforce exposure programming, job shadowing, HIPAA orientation, certification opportunities, as well as know your rights and records relief information.
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  • Chicago AHEC is Proud to Welcome Our New Director, Sharon Powell

    Oct 03, 2013

    HMPRG is pleased to welcome Sharon Powell to our staff as the new Director of the Chicago AHEC Program. Sharon comes to HMPRG with a wealth of experience as a health educator in Chicago Public Schools, at Columbia College Chicago and in communities across the Chicago Area.

  • The AHEC Program Needs Your Help

    Apr 03, 2014

    Funding for AHEC is not included in the Federal FY 2015 Budget. The Chicago Area Health Education Center (Chicago AHEC) at Health & Medicine is working with other members of the Illinois AHEC Network and the National AHEC Organization to ensure Congressional support for the AHEC program. Ask your members of Congress to support the Title VII AHEC program at $75 million for FY 2015. It is important to reach out to members of Congress now, as they must submit their appropriations requests by April 5th.