About Duke AHEC

Mission of the NC AHEC Program

The NC AHEC Program provides and supports educational activities and services with a focus on primary care in rural and under-resourced communities to recruit, train and retain the workforce needed to create a healthy North Carolina.

Vision of the NC AHEC Program

Every North Carolinian is healthy and supported by an adequate and well-trained health workforce that reflects the communities it serves.

Recruit, Train and Retain: Developing the Workforce to Create a Healthy North Carolina.

As part of the NC AHEC Program, the Duke AHEC Program Office:

Duke AHEC 

The Duke AHEC is a part of the North Carolina Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program and housed on the campus of Duke University Medical Center in the Duke School of Medicine. The NC AHEC program began in 1974 for the purpose of establishing a statewide network of community training for health professionals and to address concerns with the supply, distribution, retention and quality of health professionals in North Carolina.

  • Duke AHEC partners with Southern Regional AHEC to provide speaker resources for continuing education that occurs in Moore, Harnett, Sampson, Bladen, Robeson, Richmond, Cumberland, Hoke, and Scotland counties;
  • Supports community-based clinical training rotations for primary care residents, medical students, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners;
  • Provides awareness, mentoring, and educational programs targeted to middle and high school students interested in pursuing a profession in health care.
  • Being a part of the NC AHEC system,we work collaboratively with the 9 AHEC’s across the state of North Carolina in an effort to accomplish the vision and mission of AHEC.
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