"The AHEC network for Mississippi was defunded in the summer of 2012. It is hoped that funding for the network will be resumed in the next federal budget cycle. In the meantime, we continue to host the Northeast MS AHEC website and its contents in order to make it available to stakeholders who might benefits from the contents."
Northeast Mississippi Area Health Education Center
The North East Mississippi Area Health Education Center (NE MS AHEC) is hosted by the Social Science Research Center at Mississippi State University and is an affiliate of the Mississippi Area Health Education Center Program (MS AHEC) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The MS AHEC Program is partially funded by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) were developed in the 1970s by Congress to address an increasing shortage of health professionals. Today, there are more than 200 regional AHECs that operate in almost every state. Approximately, 120 medical schools and 600 nursing and allied health schools collaborate with AHECs to improve health for underserved populations. AHECs can be described as a pipeline for healthcare training. We connect with youth at an early age to educate them on health career opportunities. Next, we connect health professionals to communities, and then we connect communities to better health; overall, increasing the quality and availability of health care throughout the nation. The Northeast Mississippi Area Health Education center is located at the Social Science Research Center at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi. NE MS AHEC serves students, healthcare professionals, and institutions throughout Northeast Mississippi. We are committed to improving the health and health care of Northeast Mississippians and decreasing health disparities in the region. The counties we serve are Alcorn, Benton, Chickasaw, Clay, Itawamba, Lee, Lowndes, Monroe, Oktibbeha, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Tishomingo, Tippah and Union.
It is the mission of the NE MS AHEC to enhance the quality of health care in the region by recruiting and retaining health professionals, creating connections between communities and professionals and using both academic and community resources.
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