About Duke AHEC
The Duke Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program is a part of the North Carolina Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program and housed on the campus of Duke University Medical Center in the Duke School of Medicine. The NC AHEC program began in 1974 for the purpose of establishing a statewide network of community training for health professionals and to address concerns with the supply, distribution, retention, and quality of health professionals in North Carolina.
Mission of the NC AHEC Program
To meet the state’s health and health workforce needs. NC AHEC provides educational programs and services that bridge academic institutions and communities to improve the health of the people of North Carolina with a focus on underserved populations.
Vision of the NC AHEC Program
To lead the transformation of health care education and services in North Carolina.
As part of the NC AHEC Program, the Duke AHEC Program Office:
- Partners with Southern Regional AHEC to provide speaker resources for continuing education that occurs in Moore, Harnett, Sampson, Bladen, Robeson, Richmond, Cumberland, Hoke, and Scotland counties;
- Supports community-based clinical training rotations for primary care residents, medical students, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners;
- Provides awareness, mentoring, and educational programs targeted to middle and high school students interested in pursuing a profession in health care.