Wisconsin AHEC is a health professions education and outreach program funded by the Heath Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and UW School of Medicine and Public Health. It is part of a nationwide network of programs for improving accessibility and quality of primary health care.
The national program was designed to encourage universities and educators to look beyond their institutions to partnerships that meet community health needs, working toward the goal of decentralizing health professions training and linking communities with academic health centers in partnerships to promote cooperative solutions to local health problems.
Today, Wisconsin AHEC offers a variety of education and training programs designed to increase the diversity and distribution of the healthcare workforce, and enhance healthcare quality and delivery in rural and medically underserved communities across Wisconsin’s 72 counties.
Through our 7 Regional Centers, a program office located at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, and partnerships with academic institutions and community-based organizations throughout the state, we serve over 5,000 learners annually. Explore our opportunities for high school students, college health profession students, and currently practicing health professionals.
As a member of the National AHEC Organization (NAO), Wisconsin AHEC, shares this equity statement on social justice
In the light of recent national events, the NAO reaffirms its position and commitment to equality, inclusion, and justice for all – while condemning racism, discrimination, injustice, and violence in all forms.
Social justice, and more specifically racial and ethnic justice, are deeply intertwined with the work we do in public health and healthcare. In this, we acknowledge and embrace the unique role and responsibility we all must play in creating a more just and equitable world. NAO continually works to provide education on topics surrounding diversity in all its practices. Please know that we support you, our members, during these times that seek to divide our communities and nation. NAO will continually work to provide a safe space for discussions surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The nature of our work at Wisconsin AHEC positions us to be powerful advocates, allies for our communities of color, and change agents as we strive to accomplish a more representative health care workforce, address social determinants of health, and support cultural competency efforts in our communities. We must answer the call to action – louder and with more intentionality than we ever have before. We are committed to educating, advocating, and demonstrating our values in our programming and policies.
We trust you will join us in our work to face social inequalities head-on and commit to peaceful strategies that lead to systematic change and invite you to explore the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion resources curated by the UW Madison Health Sciences Ebling Library.