Bridging community and academic resources to meet the health needs of underserved populations.

 Southwest PA AHEC

Check out our numerous programs, including the AHEC Scholars, Poverty Simulations, Summer Health Career Academy, and HPV Project.  


C4H focuses on the integration of social services into the free- and low-cost healthcare setting and connecting patients with resources to address their unmet basic needs. 

Summer 2018 Application

Who We Are

Primary Care Practitioners continue to be in short supply in rural and urban underserved communities within Pennsylvania. AHEC has a mission to recruit and retain primary care providers into underserved areas. To do so, we work to develop opportunities and enrich curricula within health professions training programs to provide greater emphasis on communities and primary care.

We work with the community and the academic institutions to provide placements for students who are training to be physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dentists, and for other health professions at specific community based sites. These rotations expose students to primary care careers in rural and medically underserved communities.

In addition, we work to assist with recruitment efforts by primary care practices as well as with individual providers.

Funding for the Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center Program is provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The Commonwealth's medical community and communities at large provide additional support.

For more information, contact us at or 412-408-3485.