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History of the Nevada AHEC System
High Sierra AHEC
The Nevada AHEC program was established in 1986 and began its vision to develop three statewide Centers designed to work in a coordinated effort to address the needs of teh distinct service areas of the state. The first Center, the Northeastern Nevada AHEC in Elko, became operational in 1987 and originally served ten counties. The Northeastern AHEC has focused on distance education and developed a sophisticated and extensive network of telecommunications sites. In fact, there are now over 50 telecommunication sites throughout the state that provide critical health education and administrative coordination for isolated health care practitioners. High Sierra AHEC, located in Reno, was established in 2002 to reach the medically underserved areas of rural and urban northwestern Nevada. The Center’s vision is to facilitate the improvement of the healthcare service delivery systems in six counties. Housed within the University of Nevada, day to day operations include health care career exploration programs for youth, continuing education for health professionals and community health and wellness education and advocacy. Desert Meadows AHEC, located in Las Vegas, was established in 2014 and is housed and hosted by Vegas PBS.  The primary programs within this center focus on continuing education for health care professionals statewide in conjunction with our valued partner, Global Online Advance Learning (GOAL).  All Center's work in collaboration and across a health care professionals pipeline to improve health care quality and access through the provision of outreach and education. The National AHEC System: The AHEC (Area Health Education Centers) program was developed by Congress in 1971 to recruit, train and retain a health professions workforce committed to underserved populations. The strength of the AHEC Network is its ability to creatively adapt national initiatives to help address local and regional healthcare issues. Today, 56 AHEC programs with more than 235 centers operate in almost every state and the District of Columbia. Approximately 120 medical schools and 600 nursing and allied health schools work collaboratively with AHECs to improve health for underserved and under-represented populations.  Please visit the National AHEC Organization for additional information on an AHEC center nearest you: https://www.nationalahec.org/