The AHEC system is comprised of a regional, state, and national network designed to carry out the overarching mission, as specified by the National AHEC Organization (NAO):
"To enhance access to quality health care, particularly primary and preventive care, by improving the supply and distribution of healthcare professionals through community/academic educational partnerships."
The Regional Connection
Murray State University serves as our host agency, and the School of Nursing and Health Professions is our academic home. The regional service area includes 12 counties in far western Kentucky: Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken and Trigg. Community partner organizations serve as our local connection to help identify needs, available resources and potential opportunities for development within the communities we serve. The Purchase AHEC Advisory Board is comprised of professionals whose area of expertise complements the mission of AHEC. Our board members represent various health care, regional planning and service organizations, and the community at-large. Their support and guidance is invaluable to the five member team of Purchase AHEC Staff.
The State Connection
The Kentucky AHEC System is a collaboration between the University of Louisville Health Sciences Center and the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Eight regional centers and two program offices serve as links between the academic health institutions and communities across the Commonwealth.
The National Connection
The National AHEC Organization links the regional and state centers to the nationwide system of AHEC programs, with presence in 48 states across the US. Established in 1972, the program is charged with the responsibility of working 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 to the health services delivery systems in rural, medically underserved areas.
AHEC Staff Members