The National AHEC
Network was created as a strategy to address the shortage of primary care physicians and the distribution of health professionals. Established in 1972, the national AHEC program works to improve the supply, distribution, retention, quality, utilization, and efficiency of health professionals to provide primary care services in medically underserved areas. AHECs serve as partners linking the academic resources associated with university-based health professions training with the clinical training opportunities in the health services delivery system of underserved communities. Nationally, there are 45 AHEC programs located in 43 states that are dedicated to bridging the gaps that exist between primary health care and the population.
are a collaborative effort between the University of Louisville Health Sciences Center and the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Eight regional centers serve as links between these academic health education institutions and communities across the Commonwealth.
Funding for AHECs is provided through the state of Kentucky, and additional funds provided through U.S. Public Health Service, Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) through the University of Louisville Medical School.
Located on the campus of Murray State University
, Purchase AHEC serves the counties of Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hickman,Livingston, Lyon, McCracken, Marshall and Trigg.
The Purchase AHEC Advisory Board serves as a liaison between the organization and the communities we serve. Representatives of health care, education, and civic leaders from throughout the 12 county region provide input and guidance in to the activities of the AHEC.
Our professional staff is available to assist you with questions regarding the services we provide. Working cooperatively with the area's health care providers and community organizations, AHEC serves as a partner in addressing health care, educational, and cultural issues in our 12 county region.
Purchase AHEC Advisory Board
Mike Muscarella, PT, DPT - Chairman
Robin Floyd, M.D. - Medical Director
Faye Jones, MD, Director
Office of Minority & Rural Affairs
University of Louisville
|Vickie Batts |
|Jennifer Beck-Walker, Executive Director |
Purchase Area Development Dist.
| ||Olivia Burr, Social Worker |
CHOICES Alternative School
|Larry Davis, Director |
Marshall Co. Health Department
|Robin Floyd, MD |
|Fran Hall, RPh |
Arlington & Wickliffe, KY
|Dana Manley ARNP, MSN, PhD |
Department of Nursing
Murray State University
|Mike Muscarella, PT,DPT |
Director of Rehab
Western Baptist Hospital
|Charlie Ross, Director |
Purchase District Health Dept.
|Jim Tolley, Director |
Pennyrile District Health Department