Texas Area Health Education Center East relocates region office to TWU

Thomas Knight

Thomas Knight, director for the north central Texas region office of the Texas Area Health Education Center (AHEC) East.

11/30/15

Texas Area Health Education Center (AHEC) East, a state- and federally-funded program that works to place more healthcare workers in medically underserved areas, has relocated its north central Texas office to Texas Woman’s University’s Denton campus. The north central office, which relocated from Bridgeport, Texas in September, is located in Suite 008 of the Human Development Building, 1202 Old Main Circle.

The AHEC office offers TWU students advice on healthcare career paths, as well as assessments, workshops, online studies, job shadowing and volunteer opportunities. Students who are enrolled in a health professions program can also sign up to mentor an AHEC program participant who is preparing to begin higher education in a healthcare program.

“AHEC looked to TWU because they have a full slate of health professions programs, a commitment to better health for all people and a principle to serve the underserved,” said Thomas Knight, director for the north central Texas region office. “I hate to use the term ‘win-win,’ but that’s what it is. AHEC can help many students who are looking for a health career path at TWU.”

AHEC has collaborated with TWU for several years, accepting TWU health studies interns, employing alumni and partnering with the School of Nursing on a federal grant in 2005 to address the Hispanic nursing shortage in Texas.

Congress developed the AHEC program in 1971 to recruit, train and retain a healthcare workforce committed to underserved populations. Texas AHEC East began in 1991 at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and it has since expanded to nine regional centers, which serve a total of 111 Texas counties.

“The AHEC program’s success is inherent on its ability to put local resources to work at a grassroots level with students, schools, healthcare workers and hospitals and bring more workers into healthcare, especially in medically underserved areas,” Knight said.

The north central Texas region office serves the following counties: Archer, Clay, Collin, Cooke, Denton, Grayson, Jack, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Wichita, Wise and Young. 

Other Texas AHEC East initiatives include the Health Care Careers Promotion and Preparation (HCCP) program, which introduces K-12 students and career-changing adults to healthcare careers. It also offers community health literacy programs and healthcare professional education and support.

For more information about AHEC, visit http://txaheceast.org/north-central or call (940) 898-2794.

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