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 partner with the community health centers and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). We also partner with academic institutions who are training students to be physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dentists, and for other health professions. We also offer a Summer Health Career Academy for high school students to learn about health professions.

In addition, we work to assist with recruitment efforts by primary care practices as well as with individual providers. Learn more about our programming by clicking the links above.

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 lwilliams@southwestahec.org or 412-408-3485.