The Central Area Health Education Center, Inc. (Central AHEC) is a private, non-profit 501 (c) (3) community-based organization headquartered in Hartford, CT. We serve Hartford, Middlesex and Tolland Counties as well as the towns of Meriden and Wallingford. Our culturally and linguistically diverse staff possesses the knowledge, experience and professional relationships required to effectively address the broad-based challenges and opportunities related to reducing health disparities for ethnic and racial minorities and to increasing workforce diversity among the health-related professions. We have working relationships with health, education and philanthropic entities at the city, state and federal levels. Our past and continued success depends on the technical assistance and financial support we receive from individuals and public/private funding sources. Thanks to them we've been able to make progress in the following areas.
Central AHEC envisions the elimination of disparities in health care based upon race, ethnicity and social and economic conditions. We also envision a culturally and ethnically diverse health care workforce that works in collaboration with local communities, and public and private agencies, who can help assure the conditions under which all people receive equality in health care.
• Meeting the continuing education needs of primary care providers serving Central Connecticut's vulnerable and underserved populations in systematic and ongoing ways that improve the quality of care they deliver as well as their professional satisfaction.
• Increasing community training in health centers located in Central Connecticut's most underserved areas for students in the health professions.
• Institutionalizing health care recruitment efforts in several of the area's elementary, middle and high schools serving high percentages of ethnic and racial minorities.
• Demonstrating the need for more long-term financial support from health care funders in order to better support long-range community health goals.
• Influencing key legislators to support policies and practices that reduce health disparities and address workplace diversity.
The national Area Health Education Center organization (AHEC) was established in 1971 as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). It was created to link the resources of university health science centers with local planning, educational and clinical entities in order to address the distribution of health care providers in medically underserved urban and rural areas.
In 48 states, there are now more than 350 Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) similar to Central AHEC. Each state has at least one AHEC Program Office which functions as a lead administrator. In Connecticut, the Program Office is housed within the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. It provides administrative leadership to three other Connecticut AHEC offices in addition to Central AHEC.
The additional centers are located in Bridgeport (Southwestern AHEC), Jewett City (Southeastern AHEC), and Waterbury (Northwestern AHEC). The core funding for Connecticut AHEC operations comes from the HRSA and the Connecticut Department of Higher Education.
Information about the National AHEC Organization can be found at www.nationalahec.org. National AHEC is dedicated to connecting students to careers, professionals to communities, and communities to better health.
The goal of the Central AHEC Health Careers Exploration and Health initiative is to educate present and future providers of health care and their communities. In order to fulfill this mission, the student-centered goals of our programs are to: improve knowledge of health careers, increase understanding of health disparities, promote personal development and growth, and support the completion of education and career goals.
This program currently runs at Classical Magnet High School in Hartford, New Britain High School, EC Goodwin Technical High school in New Britain and the CREC Medical Professions and Teaching Preparation Academy in Windsor.
For more information, contact Patricia Gonzalez at email@example.com.
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Our office hours are 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday
20-28 Sargeant Street, Suite 206, 2nd Floor Hartford, CT 06105