Program Description

The objective of the AHEC program is to:

  1. Educate and train students to become culturally competent primary care health professionals who will provide healthcare in underserved areas and to health disparity populations;
  2. Increase the number and variety of primary care health professionals who provide care to underserved populations in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) and other medically underserved areas; and
  3. Recruit into health careers individuals from underrepresented minority populations or from disadvantaged or rural backgrounds.

General Program Requirements

Funds shall be used to recruit individuals from underrepresented, disadvantaged, or rural backgrounds into the health professions; establish and maintain community-based placements or preceptorships with an emphasis on primary care; conduct interdisciplinary/interprofessional training involving an array of health professionals; deliver or facilitate continuing education; propose and implement outcomes measurement and evaluation strategies. Not less than 75 percent of the total amount provided to an AHEC program under subsection 751(a) (2) shall be allocated to the AHEC centers participating in the program. The aggregate amount of awards to schools in the state for the fiscal year under Point of Service Maintenance and Enhancement AHEC authority shall be not less than $250,000 annually per AHEC center, including program office funds. If amounts appropriated to carry out Section 751 are not sufficient to comply with the amount stated in the preceding sentence, the Secretary may reduce the per center amount as necessary.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

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Program Contact Information

Aleisha Langhorne
Project Officer

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number93.107
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Can the funding from the program be renewedNo
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Matching Funds RequiredYes
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)405,785
Length of Program5 Year
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?Yes

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