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Program Mission

The mission of the Pennsylvania AHEC program is to help communities meet their primary health care needs by creating a statewide infrastructure bridging community and academic resources in order to:

  • Facilitate the recruitment and retention of primary care providers in underserved communities through educational and training programs.
  • Develop an information and communication network to provide consultation, technical assistance, education and other professional support for community-based primary care practitioners.
  • Increase the number of individuals from minority and underserved communities and populations who enter primary care and allied health professions.
  • Evaluate and assess the public health needs of communities within and among the regions and provide innovative, multi-disciplinary responses to those needs.



Lynne Williams, MD PhD

Executive Director  


The Executive Director has primary responsibility for the overall planning, implementation and management of the organization. The Executive Director exercises general supervision over all operations, business affairs and employees of the Corporation, and insures that the policies and programs adopted or approved by the Board are fulfilled through its daily and long-term operations. 

Kristy wiles

Office Manager

 Coordinator Summer Health Career Academy

Kristy is responsible for the overall fiscal, office management and clerical practices within the organization. Her duties include human resource management and oversight of the fiscal and financial processes related to federal, state and local funding.

Mike Bowersox, LPC

Connections4Health Director

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Mike oversees and runs the Connections4Health project, which bridges academic and community resources to meet the needs of people living in (often) underserved communities. The C4H Director focuses on developing relationships with local universities, free and low-cost clinics, and public libraries, as well as supervising students during their fellowship and pursuing funding avenues for project sustainability. 

Our Counties

PA Counties

Allegheny County
          Allegheny County website
          City of Pittsburgh website                       
Armstrong County
          Armstrong County website

Beaver County
          Beaver County website

Fayette County
          Fayette County website

Greene County
          Greene County website

Washington County
          Washington County website
Westmoreland County
          Westmoreland County website

The Pennsylvania AHEC system began in 1994 and encompasses 7 regional AHEC centers statewide. The PA AHEC System is an integrated system that coordinates a statewide medical education and training network dedicated to improving the distribution and quality of Pennsylvania’s health professions workforce. The PA AHEC system is affiliated with a larger network of AHECs, the National AHEC Organization.

Pennsylvania AHEC websites

Northwest PA AHEC          Northcentral PA AHEC          Northeast PA AHEC     

Eastcentral PA AHEC          Southeast PA AHEC          Southcentral PA AHEC