Welcome to the Mid Central Area Health Education Center!
As a non-profit organization we are housed in the College of Medicine at Central Michigan University. Our staff members are committed to serving our community and regional partners including service agencies, health departments, the health profession colleges at the four universities located in the region, municipalities, high schools, community colleges, MichiganWorks! and other groups interested in increasing our workforce in the health professions. We believe in supporting our high school and university students in achieving their goals and dreams of becoming a health professional and building a career in Michigan. To date we have introduced over one thousand high school students in our region to various health professions programs and careers.
The Mid Central Area Health Education Center or AHEC
is one of five regions in Michigan and spans from the very eastern side of the state in the “thumb” area to as far west as Osceola County and to the southern tip in Ingham County and north to Clare County. This region includes the following 19 counties: Arenac, Bay, Clare, Clinton, Eaton, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Ingham, Ionia, Isabella, Mecosta, Midland, Montcalm, Osceola, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee and Tuscola. The academic partner in this region is the College of Medicine at Central Michigan University.
Michigan AHEC Program
The Michigan AHEC program was established in 2010 by Wayne State University with the purpose of creating five regional AHEC centers to carry out the mission and three pillars of the AHEC program. Our regional AHEC center focuses on the health care need specific to our region’s population and is proud to partner with various organizations and student interest groups to address these needs through a strong linkage with patients, families and our communities.
The three pillars of the Michigan AHEC Program include the following:
- Identify “pipeline” programs for middle and high school students to be encouraged to pursue careers in health professions
- Assist in identifying under-represented and disadvantaged student populations for health professions education and/or clinical practices or sites where students may be placed for internships, clerkships or preceptorships.
- Assist in identifying current or new educations programs (CMEs or CEUs) and partners for health care practitioners that may benefit the populations they serve in our medically underserved regions.