North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (AHEC)

AHEC PlaneThe North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program strives to meet the state’s health and health workforce needs by providing educational programs in partnership with academic institutions, health care agencies, and other organizations committed to improving the health of the people of North Carolina.

The UNC Department of Psychiatry has long-standing relationships with AHEC sites across the state of North Carolina, allowing residents to become comfortable and competent providing care in a community-based setting. Residents in the PGY-2, PGY-4, and PGY-5 years participate in rotations at an AHEC site, giving them an opportunity to learn about and participate in the evolving mental health systems in North Carolina. AHEC training sites offer a variety of experiences to residents, from patient populations and preschool to geriatric sites, and include experience with partial hospitalization programs, ACTT teams, the justice system, substance abuse programs, and crisis centers.  In addition, upper year residents may participate with faculty giving presentations to North Carolina's health care workforce under the AHEC umbrella.

AHEC Mental Health Directors, if you are interested in arranging for a speaker, please email