Illinois AHEC Network

The Illinois Area Health Education Centers Network Program is a statewide initiative consisting of a program office located at the National Center for Rural Health Professions, University of Illinois, College of Medicine – Rockford and a cooperating satellite program office in the Urban Medicine Program at the UIC College of Medicine Chicago.  Other participating universities include Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Northern Illinois University, College of Health and Human Services and Illinois State University, Applied Social Research Unit.

The Illinois AHEC Network Program established two regional, rural centers in the first year – located in Polo and Centralia – followed by expansion to two new centers in the second year, including centers in Fairfield and Chicago.  In September 2014, additional expansion funding was awarded and four new centers were created.  The newly established centers are:  the West Central Illinois AHEC, located in Galesburg, in partnership with St. Mary Medical Center; the Central Illinois AHEC, located in Bloomington-Normal, in partnership with Illinois State University; the East Central Illinois AHEC, located in Gibson City, in partnership with Gibson Area Hospital and Health Service, and the Chicago South AHEC, located in Chicago, in partnership with Project Brotherhood at the Woodlawn Health Center.  

The AHEC Network provides educational ‘pipeline’ programs to address the development and retention of the state’s health workforce in both rural and urban areas. The goal is to improve access to and quality of care for the underserved through health professions education, health careers development and community and public health promotion activities.

Click here to visit the Illinois AHEC Network website for more information.