North Central Wisconsin remains the heart of “America’s Dairyland,” as well as the cranberry, potato and ginseng growing areas. It also includes major papermaking, insurance and pre-fabricated home building industries. The region is mostly rural and is abundant with fields, lakes, forests, and trails.
The North Central AHEC region served by two Community Health Centers (Family Health Centers of Marshfield and Bridge Community Health Clinic in Wausau) with eleven service delivery sites. The many small communities in the region are also served by numerous rural health clinics and Critical Access Hospitals.
The North Central AHEC region is home to the Medical College of Wisconsin-Central Wisconsin campus, the UW-Madison Wisconsin Physician Assistant Community-based Track (wisPACT) program, four University of Wisconsin Schools (UW-Eau Claire, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Stout) and three technical colleges (Chippewa Valley Technical College, Mid-State Technical College, and Northcentral Technical College). Collectively these educational institutions offer a variety of health professions programs to meet with workforce needs within the region. North Central AHEC also supports a number of students who visit the region for clinical rotations and other community based experiential learning programs, such as UW Madison Medical and Pharmacy students in addition to students from other academic programs housed outside of the region.