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Michigan Area Health Education Center (MI-AHEC) Program. A warm welcome from Dr. Thomas Roe, Co-Program Director. MI-AHEC Supported by.

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Area Health Education Center

(MI-AHEC) Program

A warm welcome fromDr. Thomas Roe,

Co-Program Director

mi ahec supported by

MI-AHEC Supported by

Michigan Area Health Education Center (MI-AHEC) is a program of the Wayne State University School of Medicine and College of Nursing in partnership with the Wayne State University School of Social Work and Eugene Applebaum College of Allied Health and Pharmacy. Initial funding was provided by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Wayne State University and The KresegeFoundation.

Wayne State University’s MI-AHEC partners include:

University of Detroit Mercy Dental School

Detroit Wayne County Authority

Central Michigan University

Western Michigan University

national ahec program

National AHEC Program

Purpose Created by Congress in 1971 to recruit, train and retain a health professions workforce committed to underserved populations

Mission Connecting

Students to Careers

Professions to Communities

Communities to Better Health

Activities Health Careers Recruitment

Training Health Professional Students

Supporting Health Professionals

Health and Community Development

mi ahec goals


Our Purpose Increase access to primary care health professionals

for the residents of Michigan

Goal 1 Establish the WSU MI AHEC Program Office infrastructure and two proposed Regional AHEC Centers

Goal 2 Improve access to clinical education in primary care urban and rural settings, medically underserved populations, and health professional shortage areas in Michigan

Goal 3 Increase the recruitment of underrepresented minorities and disadvantaged students in Michigan to the health professions including training of a diverse and culturally competent workforce

Goal 4 Improve the knowledge, skills and retention of health professionals in rural and urban health professional shortage areas and medically underserved areas

benefits to michigan communities

Benefits to Michigan Communities

Access and Delivery of Healthcare

- Increase diversity of professionals practicing in underserved communities

Address unmet healthcare needs

- Alleviate health professions workforce shortage

Improve health of local communities

Workforce Development

- Increase Retention

- Provide continuing education and professional development

- Enhance the practice environment

- Provide interdisciplinary clinical experiences

College Prep/Access

- Mentor disadvantaged and underrepresented students

- Offer K-12 health career related programs and activities

ahec regional center activities

AHEC Regional Center Activities

Engage the community to develop cooperative solutions

Support community-based training experiences

Develop clinical sites for inter-disciplinary training

EngageK-12 students in health professions careers

Create a “home-grown” health professions workforce

Recruit K—12 students from under-represented backgrounds

Support the workforce in health professional shortage areas

what are our plans for self sufficiency

What are our plans for self-sufficiency?

Cultivation of community support:

Assess community and regional support for local and state-wide AHEC activities

Solicit cash support and in-kind contributions from community-based participants, organizations, and businesses

Extramural Funding:

Respond to potential local, state and federal extramural funding opportunities

Leverage unique resources with partners similar to our unique WSUCON and WSUSOM resource sharing agreement

Resource Generation

Package AHEC resources as educational products and services that can produce revenue

State Support:

Funding through the legislature would be anticipated in fiscal year 2013


Potential Areas of Collaboration

  • Health Care Professional Clinical Rotation AHEC Needs:
  • Identify Gaps in Professional Clinical Student Rotations in the underserved communities and help fill the communities needs
  • MPCC Assist with M-Search Profile:
  • Contact clinics and have them complete a profile
  • Healthcare Profession Continuing Education AHEC Needs:
  • Bring Continuing Education to Healthcare Professionals
  • Bring Healthcare education to the community
  • MPCC assist Health Care Professional
  • Help us identify Health Professional Needs in the communities in Underserved Areas
mi ahec program administrators
MI-AHEC Program Administrators

Please contact the Co-PIs:

Barbara Redman, PhD, RN, FAAN Dr. Valerie Parisi, MD, MPH, MBA

Dean, College of Nursing Dean , School of Medicine

Office (313) 577-4071 (313) 577-4727


Co-Program Directors

Dr. Ramona Benkert, PhD, ANP-BC Dr. Thomas Roe, M.D.,

Associate Professor, Nursing Asst. Professor, Family Medicine & Public Health Science

Office: 313-577-4113 (313) 577-1669


MI-AHEC Program Office

Linda Tarjeft

Associate Program Director, Office: 313-577-5161