The Area Health Education Center for Western Washington works with the national AHEC movement to support healthcare delivery systems and access to care through activities that strengthen the healthcare workforce in rural and urban-underserved communities.

Primary Projects

AHECWW is actively implementing a wide range of projects to strengthen healthcare in rural areas of western Washington. Project links below provide additional detail:

AHECWW is hosted at Whatcom Community College with funding from Washington State Department of Health, University of Washington, and the Whatcom Community College Foundation.


Whatcom Community College is a regionally and nationally accredited college with an accomplished faculty and staff who serve nearly 11,000 students annually. On its 72-acre campus in Bellingham, Wash., and through online courses, Whatcom offers transfer degrees, professional-technical training programs, as well as basic education, job skills, and Community & Continuing Education classes. According to the Aspen Institute (2016), WCC is rated among the top nine community and technical colleges in the state and recognized as one of the leading community colleges in the nation. Established in 1967, Whatcom has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1976.

Funding for AHECWW is received from the Washington State Department of Health, the University of Washington and Whatcom Community College Foundation.