DFW AHEC DFW Area Health Education Center

What is AHEC, and what does DFW AHEC do?
AHECs are multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary, community based programs designed to address the primary health care workforce needs
of medically underserved communities. AHEC staff collaborate with academic and community members to achieve results in several programmatic initiatives. AHECs focus on Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs), Health Profession Shortage Areas (HPSAs), and the disadvantaged. DFW AHEC is
one of nine centers (see map) of the East Texas AHEC located at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. DFW AHEC is hosted by,
and located at the UT Southwestern School of Health Professions.

The DFW AHEC serves Dallas and Tarrant Counties which contain a diverse population of over four million people. Within the two counties alone,
there are two medical schools, six nursing schools, a large number of allied health programs, and approximately 40 hospitals. The DFW metroplex
is home to some of the nation's most affluent communities and premiere medical institutions.

Yet a significant proportion of the community has difficulty accessing health care. One role of DFW AHEC is to develop and implement programs
to ensure there are enough primary care and other practitioners to meet the needs of the underserved in the metroplex. We work with academic
and community partners on these projects.

Click on "Program Areas" at left for more information on five areas which help address our mission.
Click on "AHEC 101: Discovering East Texas AHEC and its programs" for a power point overview.

Our Vision
Optimal health for all people in our region.

Our Mission
To improve the health of our communities by developing a quality health workforce and helping address unmet health needs.

map of east texas ahec area