AHEC - North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Program
Touched by an AHEC: Stories from 100 Counties
Jane H. McCaleb
Jane H. McCaleb, MD

Northampton County | Area L AHEC

Jane McCaleb, MD, Rural medicine; medical director, Roanoke Amaranth Health Center; director, Area L medical student clerkship; associate professor, UNC School of Medicine

“Dr. Jane McCaleb was a primary reason for my wanting to practice medicine in a small town. She shaped my career by exposing me to various experiences during my medical training. Through her guidance during preceptorships in my 1st, 2nd, and 4th years, I was introduced not only to Family Medicine practice in the office settings, but also to nursing home and geriatric practice. Her training and wonderful teaching helped to shape my decision to go into Family Practice; a decision I do not regret.” Tonya Little, MD, Putney Memorial Clinic, Elm City, NC

In addition to being medical director with the Roanoke Amaranth Health Center in Jackson, NC, McCaleb is director of Area L AHEC’s medical student clerkship and associate professor of family medicine in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. For the past 27 years, McCaleb has been known throughout the state as an outstanding family physician, superb teacher, and champion for better health care for our most vulnerable citizens. The Roanoke Amaranth Health Center, part of the Rural Health Group, is located in two of the poorest counties in North Carolina. Throughout her career, McCaleb has been central to the mission of the health center and to the clinical and outreach services it offers.  She has been an innovator in educating students and has been successful in seeking grants in order to establish new programs. McCaleb has been willing to speak to numerous groups about her work and serve as an advocate for the importance of a comprehensive, organized system of care for the rural communities of North Carolina.

On February 15, 2006, McCaleb was announced at the initial recipient of AHEC’s Glenn Wilson Award for Public Service. The Wilson Award, named in honor the North Carolina AHEC Program’s first director, is given each year to an individual who has made significant contributions to improving access to health care for the people of North Carolina.