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Education, Healthcare and Jobs for Alabama




At the national level Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) have more than 40 years of experience in building the country’s healthcare workforce.  Linking local communities to health professions education, AHECs assure that all Americans have access to health professions and quality care.  AHECs are well positioned to implement the Triple Aim of Better Health, Better Care and Lower Costs. We are working to build a better future for America’s communities.







The East Central Alabama Area Health Education Center began serving the healthcare needs of the sixteen Alabama counties in its region on March 2, 2015.  Located at 1409 Springfield Avenue in Gadsden, ECAAHEC is one of five regions of the Alabama Statewide AHEC program.  The sixteen counties included in the East Central Alabama region are:  Blount, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, DeKalb, Etowah, Jefferson, Randolph, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega and Tallapoosa.


ECAAHEC is a non-profit organization that works to improve the quality of healthcare in east central Alabama by providing training, education and resources to healthcare professionals.  ECAAHEC also works to increase the local medical workforce by inspiring youth to pursue healthcare careers.


Nationally, AHEC was formed in 1972 under the Federal AHEC Charter based on the recommendations of the 1971 Carnegie Commission report to decentralize medical education, away from large, urban academic centers and to provide medical training, continuing education and continuing medical training in rural areas.  In 2014,  the National AHEC Organization  facilitated 40, 591 clinical rotations, placed 19,048 health professions students in rural and underserved locations and provided continuing education programs for 412,535 healthcare professionals.



Serving east central Alabama, ECAAHEC provides:

  • Programs, services and activities that target underserved minorities, rural and other disadvantaged young people to encourage the pursuit of careers in healthcare
  • The expedition of rotations in rural and underserved communities to influence the training of health professional students and residents toward rural primary care positions.
  • Continuing education and support for providers currently practicing in rural and/or underserved areas
  • Public education in community health issues



For more information about the state and national AHEC programs, follow the links below.


National AHEC Organization


Alabama Statewide AHEC Program