What is AHEC, and what does DFW AHEC do?
AHECs are multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary, community based programs designed to address the primary health care workforce needs
of medically underserved communities. AHEC staff collaborate with academic and community members to achieve results in several programmatic initiatives. AHECs focus on Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs), Health Profession Shortage Areas (HPSAs), and the disadvantaged. DFW AHEC is
one of nine centers (see map) of the East Texas AHEC located at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. DFW AHEC is hosted by,
and located at the UT Southwestern School of Health Professions.
The DFW AHEC serves Dallas and Tarrant Counties which contain a diverse population of over four million people. Within the two counties alone,
Yet a significant proportion of the community has difficulty accessing health care. One role of DFW AHEC is to develop and implement programs
Click on "Program Areas" at left for more information on five areas which help address our mission.