About Texas AHEC East

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With the mission to "make communities healthier", Texas AHEC East is devoted to improving the supply, distribution, retention, and training of varied health professionals in medically under-served areas.

Linking 100 East Texas counties and over 18 million people to community health workforce development, health opportunities and health resources our activities and events are aligned with four major program areas:

 Health Careers Promotion and Preparation;

 Community-based Student Education;

 Professional Education and Support; and 

 Community Health and Development.

The program office is located in Galveston, Texas on the campus of the University of Texas Medical Branch. We cover the area of East Texas with our eight regional offices,

Capital Region  |  Coastal Region   |   DFW Region
Greater Houston Region   |   Northeast Region  
 Piney Woods Region   |   Victoria Region   |   Waco Region

which are uniquely positioned within the community and are hosted by local community institutions or are non-profit organizations.


Mission: Texas AHEC East is making communities healthier

Vision:  Optimal health for all people in our region.

Guiding Principles

  • We are an organization that values strength and resourcefulness of individual communities.
  • We embrace an environment driven by ethics, honesty, and integrity.
  • We strive to nurture diversity and demonstrate a commitment to collaborative inclusiveness.
  • We draw upon the skills and experience of all our team members.
  • We foster the personal and professional growth of each employee and engender a commitment in providing meaningful, gratifying and challenging work.
  • We are dedicated to promotion of good health in our communities through support of preventive medicine, community health, disease prevention, and health promotion activities.
  • We help build healthier communities with more balanced, responsive and efficient delivery systems.


The Facts

  • 60 million Americans, or nearly one in five, lack adequate access to primary care due to a shortage of primary care physicians in their communities.
  • The rural population is one of the largest physician-underserved populations in the U.S.
  • Economic factors, cultural and social differences, educational shortcomings, lack of recognition by legislators and the sheer isolation of living in remote rural areas all conspire to impede rural Americans in their struggle to lead a normal, healthy life.


  • too few students enter a career in health care
  • too few health care professionals choose employment in underserved areas
  • too few racial and ethnic minorities and underprivileged people choose careers in the health workforce
  • the population does not appropriately use the existing health care resources
  • divisions exist between the missions of health profession training programs and community needs

AHECs are working to alter The Facts

Link to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGt_JvIGneU


Map of Texas showing the Texas coverage for Texas AHEC East, South Texas AHEC and West Texas AHEC

Find Your AHEC

Texas AHEC East is one of four statewide AHEC programs reaching out to all regions of the State of Texas




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Texas AHEC East is a Charter Member of the National AHEC Organization (NAO), now comprised of 56 AHEC programs and more than 235 centers operating in almost every state and the District of Columbia.