Communities to Better Health

Teeth cleaning services are provided to children by the dential hygiene students during clinic hours.

Teeth cleaning services are also offered by the dental hygiene students during clinic hours.


Free Dental Clinic

The free dental clinic is coordinated in conjunction with Purchase AHEC, West Kentucky Community & Technical College Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene programs and the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. 

This free clinic for children has been providing diagnostic evaluation and treatment to children who do not have dental insurance or financial resources for dental care. The clinic utilizes an opportunity to showcase the skill of advanced level dental students and connects them to children in need of free dental care. The program accepts children for treatment on one Friday a month during the academic year on the West Kentucky Community & Technical College (WKCTC) campus in Paducah, KY. A local volunteer dentist serves as the clinical supervisor to University of Louisville School of Dentistry students, who are assisted by WKCTC Dental Assisting Program students. 

For more information, please contact: Missy Stokes, Center Director

Fax: 270-809-4125

College Students

The Purchase Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is available to assist Murray State undergraduate, pre-health professions and post baccalaureate students prepare for health careers. Services available to Murray State students include:

  • Health Career Exploration
  • Job Shadowing Assistance (Download the application)
  • Non-academic Advising
  • Personal Statement Reviews
  • Preparation for Professional School Admission Interviews
  • Pre- Health Professionals Fair
  • Rural Scholars Program

For more information please contact:
Shanna Burgess

Pre-Health Professionals Fair

In the fall, pre-health professional students are able to attend the Pre-Health Professionals Fair on Murray State University's campus. Numerous health professional programs from a variety of schools are invited so students can meet and inquire about admission requirements and curriculum.

Rural Scholars
Rural Scholars

Rural Scholars is a four week summer program sponsored by Purchase Area Health Education Center which introduces rural students to the need for health and medical professionals in rural communities, like their own. Scholars will be exposed to community health and population based health issues within rural communities. Priority is given to students from: Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Lyon, and Marshall, McCracken or Trigg counties. However, other Kentucky residents can be eligible for the program if space is available. Scholars are chosen based on interest in rural health care.

Letters from home

Staying connected when you are away at school. The Letters from Home initiative helps us keep connected with pre-health professions students from the region, who are accepted into medical schools. This program fosters ongoing communication and support between our local medical students and our service area. Student Dinners are coordinated close to the medical school campuses to help maintain a sense of connection to the region. Representatives from the area hospitals are invited to join AHEC in hosting events, so they may get to know students, follow them along their career path, and hopefully increase the potential that will return back home to practice one day. Newsletters provide a composite of the current happenings at area hospitals, and features local practitioners offering words of encouragement, as the students navigate their way through medical school and residency.

Rural Physician Assistant Program

Are you interested in becoming a Physician Assistant and returning to rural Kentucky to practice? Please see our flyer and complete an application.