The University of Kansas Medical Center Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) were founded in 1978, through the combined efforts of the Governor, the State Legislature and the KU Medical Center, as the primary educational outreach effort of KU Medical Center and the principal means of decentralizing medical and other health professions education throughout the state. Four centers - in Garden City, Hays, Kansas City and Pittsburg - offer programs, continuing education and services to medicine, nursing and allied health students as well as to rural providers in their part of the state.
Each AHEC extends its programs into approximately one-fourth of Kansas counties, making programs and services available to citizens, rural providers and students. Quality training experiences in community settings away from the academic medical center expose students to practice opportunities and realities in rural communities, helping to encourage rural practice choices. The AHECs also address the needs of communities and health professionals by offering continuing education programs and strengthening collaboration among providers, educational institutions, hospitals, nursing homes, health organizations and county extensions.
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