The Northeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center (NE KY AHEC) is located in the Center for Health Education and Research (CHER) building in Morehead. The building, a collaborative between the St. Claire Regional Medical Center, Morehead State University and the University of Kentucky, houses many health care programs such as MSU's Nursing Program and UK's Rural Physician Leadership Program.
The NE AHEC has been contributing to improved access and higher-quality health care in northeastern Kentucky for more than 30 years. In conjunction with its host institution, St. Claire Regional Medical Center, and educational affiliate, the University of Kentucky, the NE AHEC began initial formation in 1983, with an office based in Morehead. At the time, the NE AHEC was one of the first regional offices to be developed in the state. Today, the NE AHEC continues to grow through its continued partnership with SCR and UK, as well as collaborations with other state, regional, and local health-focused organizations.
The NE AHEC serves a 17-county region of northeast Kentucky, running along the I-64 corridor. The region, which sits in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, is medically underserved, comparatively unhealthy, and socioeconomically disadvantaged. Most of the Northeast AHEC’s service counties are federally designated as medically underserved areas or medically underserved populations. Our service counties are: Bath, Boyd, Carter, Clark, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lawrence, Lewis, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Powell, Robertson, and Rowan.
In collaboration with a variety of partners, the NE AHEC has assisted in providing the northeast Kentucky region with unique health careers, educational opportunities including the University of Kentucky’s Rural Physician Leadership Program, the University of Kentucky’s Physician Assistant satellite campus, and five “hub” sites for University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine students, (located in: Ashland, Maysville, Morehead, Mt. Sterling, and Winchester).
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