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Health Center at EWU

Published: September 15, 2015

CHENEY, Washington - A unique program aimed at encouraging youth to pursue health professions in rural and underserved communities is now based at EWU Spokane's College of Health Science and Public Health.

The Area Health Education Center (AHEC) for eastern Washington works to promote and create a health careers pipeline for rural youth. By exposing these students at an early age to these health professions, the goal is for them to be able to return and work in their home town.

The Center will benefit from Eastern's strong history of academic and community partnerships throughout the region.

"EWU is thrilled to have the opportunity to provide services to the rural areas focusing on developing interest in the health professions," says Mary Ann Keogh Hoss, interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at EWU. "Our numerous health programs are perfectly suited to educate students about the great career possibilities in rural communities."

Administrators say in addition to focusing on students from rural areas, the Center offers needs-based continuing education opportunities for rural health professionals. Ultimately, those who live in underserved health care delivery sites will benefit from the program.

Keogh Hoss, who is also program director of the university's Health Services Administration (HAS) at EWU Spokane, says the AHEC will receive instructional support from HAS and Eastern's Master of Public Administration program.

The AHEC is funded by grants from the Washington State Department of Health and UW Medicine's WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) program.

For more information please contact Mary Ann Keogh Hoss at 509.359.6955 and 509.828.1245 or at The Program Operations Manager for AHEC is Krista Loney, who can be reached at 509. 828.1381.


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