To enhance access to quality health care, particularly primary and preventive care, by improving the supply and distribution of healthcare professionals through community/academic educational partnerships.
ARI-AHEC is a NEW center, established in 2010, though the federally-funded AHEC program. ARI-AHEC has a strong focus on facilitating and supporting interprofessional education and practical experiences, which aligns well with the new College of Health Professions, which will be operational in July 2012.
We celebrated our first year as a center in September of 2011. Thanks to strong support from the UA School of Nursing, Nutrition and Dietetics, the Nursing Center for Community Health, the health care community and the regional AHEC office at the Northeast Ohio Medical University, the center has been able to achieve these goals:
- establishing center operations and recruiting a strong, broadly representative advisory board.
- facilitating clinical rotations for over 200 students in nursing, nutrition, and medicine.
- supporting approximately 6,400 health career pipeline and workforce development programming hours for more than 1,400 participants.
Goals for the 2011-2012 year include incorporating more disciplines in clinical rotations in underserved communities and interprofessional programming, piloting new health professions programs, developing web-based orientation and training, and continuing to build and strengthen academic and community partnerships.
On our pages, you will find information on ARI-AHEC and related community health programs and events, a bit of AHEC program history, health career resources, health professions continuing education, and health promotion/disease prevention links.
We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with you!