Our Programs

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.


Students are prepared to function in healthcare settings that assist the underserved and gain real life experience.

Summer Programs

Education camps that give students the opportunity to learn about medical professions and what it takes to be in them.

Rising STAR

Connects high school students in the Greater Hartford area to resources and information on higher education.

Who we are

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.

Board of Directors

Jan Sudra
Global Supply Chain Analyst Pratt & Whitney, UTC

Myrna Millet Saez
MS/HS-BCP Connecticut Children's Medical Center

Brian Barnier
Value Bridge Advisors, LLC

Additional Resources

Please Donate to AHEC and Make a Difference

Central Area Health Education Center, Inc. is a private non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization.
Your donations dollars are tax deductible.

History of AHEC

The National Area Health Education Center Organization (NAO) 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.

Eastern AHEC – Primary location is New London with an additional office in Willimantic, Northwestern AHEC is in Waterbury and Southwestern AHEC is located in Shelton. The core funding for Connecticut AHEC operations comes from 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.

Our Sponsors

Thanks to the generous sponsorships and partnerships with the following organizations, Central AHEC is able to provide many programs to the community.

Contact Us

Our office hours are 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday

T 860-920-5149

F 860-920-5136



20-28 Sargeant Street, Suite 206, 2nd Floor
Hartford, CT 06105 

Staff Directory


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  • Guisela Laureano - Executive Assistant x115
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Health Education

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