Director's Message

When the North Carolina AHEC Program was founded over 40 years ago, one of the driving forces for a program of this type was the shortages of primary care doctors in rural communities in the state. Beginning in the 1960s, health care leaders in North Carolina began observing that as general practitioners retired in many of the small towns throughout the state, they were not being replaced by young physicians who were willing to settle in these communities and care for the families living there..(more)



News Briefs

Southern Regional AHEC Joins U.S. Army to Present “Breaking the Stigma"

Eastern AHEC ranked Third in the Nation for Youth Health Service Corps Hours

Campbell University, Osteopathic Medicine and Southern Regional AHEC: A Perfect Fit

MAHEC Begins Charitable Gift Program

Sheps Center Studies Trends in Graduate Medical Education in North Carolina

AHEC Nursing Initiatives: History and Accomplishments 1990-2012

Staff News + Awards

The Daily Tar Heel Interviews NC AHEC Director Tom Bacon

UNC School of Medicine Named Best Medical School for Primary Care

Staff News Summary


North Carolina AHEC Program
summer 2013 newsletter

AHEC: 40 Years of Teaching, Caring
After forty years of improving the health of North Carolina’s citizens, AHEC is just hitting its stride. The NC AHEC Program, based at Carolina, sends out hundreds of faculty members to towns across the state to teach, to care for patients and to look for ways to improve how each center serves the local community. Nine regional centers serve all 100 counties in North Carolina...(more)

Is There a Doctor in the Hills?
Part of the 4 ½-mile-long road leading to Christine Robertson’s 150-year-old homestead in Saluda was paved two years ago; the rest is still dirt. After taking care of her mother for 12 years and living with a sister for two more, Robertson moved into this old farmhouse in the town she’s called home for 38 years. The 56-year-old has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and Type 2 diabetes; she doesn’t have insurance, a car or enough money generally. And for her, the challenges of accessing health care stretch far beyond her half-paved road...(more)

Wake AHEC Partners with Initiative to Improve the Health of a Community
Voices into Action: The Families, Food, and Health Project is an initiative to learn about families’ attitudes and behaviors towards food, and partner with communities to improve access to healthy, affordable food and spaces for physical activity...(more)

NC AHEC Wins Health IT Innovations Award
On May 7, 2013, the NC AHEC Program was announced as a winner in the Health Information Technology Innovation Awards at a ceremony held at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill...(more) | Doctors and Hospitals’ Use of Health IT More than Doubles Since 2012...(more)

Dare to Soar: SEAHEC Hosts Future Leaders in Healthcare Conference
From May 17-19, 2013, the South East Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC), as part of the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC), hosted the 14th Annual North Carolina Future Leaders in Healthcare Conference...(more)