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 4,000 learners annually. Explore our opportunities for high school students, college health profession students, and currently practicing health professionals.
In 2022-23, Wisconsin AHEC served over 4,100 learners in our programs and facilitated over 525 field placement experiences at community and clinical sites. Our hallmark program, AHEC Scholars was comprised of 235 interdisciplinary health professions learners representing 27 academic institutions.