Alamo Area Health Education Center

Alamo AHEC Frequently Asked Questions and Information. Click to see image larger Click the above image for a detailed chart What is the Alamo AHEC? The Alamo Area Health Education Center (Alamo AHEC) is one of five AHEC Center Offices in South Texas. It was established in 1995 to improve the supply, distribution, quality, and utilization of health professionals in Bexar and ten surrounding counties. This is accomplished through the development of community-academic partnerships to facilitate regional health professions education programs. The Alamo AHEC is affiliated with The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) and works in collaboration with all educational and health-related facilities in the region. How is it funded? The Alamo AHEC is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. As part of the South Texas AHEC Program, the Alamo AHEC is federally funded through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The Alamo AHEC has also been the recipient of additional federal grant and local private foundation funding for special projects. Funding from the State of Texas is being sought as a source of long-term funding for Alamo AHEC activities. Why is the Alamo AHEC needed? Of the eleven counties in the Alamo region, all but one are designated as a Medically Underserved Area (MUA) and/or a Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA), either in whole or in part, and the remaining county is a Mental Health HPSA. While, in theory, the counties surrounding Bexar have access to the considerable medical services available in the Medical Center complex in northwest San Antonio, residents in the rural outlying counties, and even in portions of Bexar County, suffer the socioeconomic, transportation, and other barriers to accessing health care that have historically been a problem throughout South Texas. By offering health professional education programs in the local communities, it is projected that students of these programs will practice their professions in these or similar communities following graduation.
Alamo AHEC Activites: Responding to its mission of improving access to quality health care through the facilitation of community-based health professions training programs can take many forms, including: * Providing clinical training opportunities for medical, dental, nursing, and allied health students in rural and medically underserved communities away from major university training sites. * Facilitating the provision of health professional education programs in local communities. * Offering continuing education for health professionals in remote communities, either through on-site training or telecommunications. * Offering health professions awareness programs for elementary, middle school, and high school students. * Helping make medical library and other information services available to local health practitioners. * Establishing telecommunications capabilities within communities to tie them in to the UTHSCSA network for health-related programming. * Supporting training and education programs that are responsive to community needs. * Supporting training and education activities that will increase the number of individuals from minority and medically underserved communities and/or populations who enter health careers.

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