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AHEC Community

Primary Partners

AHECWW partners with a wide variety of healthcare organizations. Scroll down for more information on these partners:

Department of Health Rural Care Office
Department of Health Rural Care Office supports health systems planning and development in Washington’s rural and underserved communities to improve health and healthcare across the life span, through multiple programs.

What defines Rural? The Federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) provides tools to define rural areas where healthcare shortage areas exist. Use their website toolbox to find rural healthcare providers and eligibility for rural funding.

WWAMI AHEC Program OfficeThe WWAMI Area Health Education Center (AHEC) at the University of Washington works to improve the diversity, distribution, and quality of the health workforce in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. The AHEC program relies on partnerships with communities in the states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho (the “WWAMI” states) to promote health career pathways, create educational opportunities for students from junior high school all the way through professional and post-graduate training, and support health care providers in underserved populations.The WWAMI AHEC continues its more than two decades of work as an integral part of the larger WWAMI program, a 30+ years old medical education program serving the five state region. Consistent with the overall aims of the Federal AHEC Program, the WWAMI AHEC supports activities that provide health workforce development and education away from large cities through partnerships with independent AHEC centers. By sharing resources with the WWAMI medical program, the WWAMI AHEC is well-positioned to help improve the quality and distribution of all health professionals into the mostly-rural region.

Other Partners

Eastern Washington AHEC
Washington state’s other AHEC, the Area Health Education Center of Eastern Washington was established in March 1987 under Washington State University Spokane. Funding came from the Washington State Department of Health and the University of Washington School of Medicine. In 2003, the AHEC transitioned again to a home under the WSU Extension. In September of 2015, the Eastern Washington Area Health Education Center transitioned from the WSU Extension to Eastern Washington University under the College of Health Sciences and Public Health. EWU is thrilled to be part of the AHEC tradition in Eastern Washington.

Washington Resources Group
Washington Resources Group (WRG) is a collaborative partnership that engages in direct recruitment efforts for healthcare facilities located in rural and underserved areas statewide. AHECWW is a member of the WRG, whose goal is to ensure that the healthcare system in Washington State has the professionals needed to help build healthy communities. Loan repayment programs applications are offered annually.

National AHEC Organization
The National AHEC Organization supports and advances the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Network to improve health by leading the nation in recruitment, training and retention of a diverse health work force for underserved communities.

Washington Rural Health Association
The Washington Rural Health Association was formed in 1988 as an outgrowth of the vision of many individuals and organizations who recognized the value of uniting to support rural health care throughout the state of Washington. The special challenges of delivering health care in rural areas of Washington were the driving force in the development of WRHA. The Association provides a forum for exchanging information, developing common strategies for problem solving, and representing rural health care needs in a coherent fashion. The association is taking a leadership role in developing legislation and providing guidance, expertise and testimony for both legislators and regulators. WRHA is a strong advocate for enhanced access, quality and stability for rural health services.

National Rural Health Association:
The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) is a national nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to provide leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education and research.NRHA membership consists of a diverse collection of individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health.

Northwest Regional Primary Care Association
Northwest Regional Primary Care Association (NWRPCA) is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 membership-driven organization that serves community and migrant health centers (C/MHCs) in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington (federal Region X). Founded in 1983, NWRPCA offers a range of programs and services to support and strengthen C/MHCs in the Northwest. We work to ensure equal access, regardless of one’s financial or insurance status, to primary and preventive health care for all residents living in the region. (source:

Allied Health Center of Excellence
Centers of Excellence are flagship institutions that build and sustain Washington State’s competitive advantage through statewide leadership
Each Center focuses on a targeted industry that drives the state’s economy and is built upon a reputation for fast, flexible, quality education and training programs.
A targeted industry is identified as one that is strategic to the economic growth of a region or state.
Centers are guided by industry representatives to lead collaborative and coordinated statewide education and training efforts to build a competitive workforce in a global economy. (source:

Washington State Hospital Association
The Washington State Hospital Association advocates for and provides value to members in achieving their missions and improving the health of their communities.
Through leadership and collaboration, we strive for exceptional health outcomes in Washington communities by focusing on high quality, healthy communities, and sustainable cost. (

Washington Association of Community & Migrant Health Centers
The Washington Association of Community & Migrant Health Centers (WACMHC) is a non-profit organization formed in 1985 to advocate on behalf of the low-income, uninsured, and underserved populations of Washington State served by community health centers (CHCs). These health centers serve low income, homeless, seasonal and migrant farmworkers, immigrants and refugees, tribal communities and other persons with limited access to health care. (source:

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