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Indiana Area Health Education Centers Network (AHEC)

Indiana Area Health Education Centers Network (AHEC)

More than 2 million people in Indiana live in communities that don't have enough health care workers. We are finding solutions. We are Indiana AHEC.

A healthy Indiana requires health care professionals located in all areas of the state—from inner city neighborhoods to rural communities—available and prepared to educate citizens about health problems and issues and to provide quality service. Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) help to provide communities with this critical resource.

An AHEC is a network of regional centers that are coordinated through a central program office. Today, 54 AHEC programs with more than 200 centers operate in almost every state and the District of Columbia. Each regional center is locally grown to assess and meet the needs of its citizens.

The Indiana AHEC Network enhances access to quality health care, especially primary and preventive care, by improving the supply and distribution of health care professionals through community/academic educational partnerships:

How AHEC Makes a Difference

The Indiana Area Health Education Centers Network impacts Indiana Health. Details are available in the annual report.

Annual Report

Health Careers Promotion, Preparation and Diversity

Increase representation of individuals from under-represented minority and disadvantaged, rural and medically underserved backgrounds in health professions, particularly primary care.

Community-Based Student Education and Clinical Training

Improve the readiness, willingness and ability of health professions trainees to serve in primary care, rural and medically underserved community settings.

Student Programs

AHEC Scholars: A Community Health Care Fellowship

Improve the skills of health professions students through comprehensive community-based education to enhance the quality of health care in rural and underserved areas and populations.

Scholars Program

Professional Support and Continuing Education

Increase health professionals’ access to training resources that support practice, reduce professional isolation, disseminate best practices and improve quality of health care for medically underserved communities and people facing health disparity.

Health Professionals Programs

Regional Centers

The Indiana AHEC Network office is located within the Department of Family Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. The Indiana AHEC Network includes eight regional centers that work to serve the health needs of their communities.
  • East Indiana Area Health Education Center
    The East Indiana Area Health Education Center (EI AHEC) was established in 2009 in Batesville, IN. EI AHEC's region consists of the 14 counties of Bartholomew, Dearborn, Decatur, Fayette, Franklin, Henry, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley, Rush, Switzerland, Union and Wayne.

    EI AHEC
    13 E. George Street, Suite B
    Batesville, IN 47006
    765-251-8551

    Jeff Hartz, MA
    Center Director

    Jenny Koors, BA
    Program Coordinator – Pipeline

    Becky Niese, RN, BSN, IBCLC
    Clinical Education Coordinator

  • Metropolitan Indianapolis/Central Indiana Area Health Education Center
    The Metropolitan Indianapolis/Central Indiana Area Health Education Center (MICI AHEC) was established in 2006 in Indianapolis, IN and is hosted by University of Indianapolis. MICI AHEC's region includes the 9 counties of Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Morgan and Shelby.

    MICI AHEC
    University of Indianapolis
    901 Shelby St., Suite 301B
    Indianapolis, IN 46203
    317-788-2001

    Erica Young, MPH
    Executive Director

    Jillian Lain, MA
    Project Coordinator

    Raven Orr, MPH
    Outreach Coordinator 

    Shaun Golden, MA
    Outreach Coordinator 

    Joanna Carothers, MS
    Site Coordinator 

    Traci Adams-Wilson, MA
    Program Coordinator – AHEC Scholars Lead 

    Monique Kerr
    Program Coordinator – Summer camps and clinical placements 

    Paula Jones
    Project Assistant 

  • North Central Indiana Area Health Education Center
    The North Central Indiana Area Health Education Center (NCI AHEC) was established in 2010 in Rochester, IN, and is hosted by the Fulton Economic Development Corporation. NCI AHEC's region includes the 13 counties of Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fulton, Howard, Miami, Pulaski, Tippecanoe, Tipton and White.

    NCI AHEC
    Fulton Economic Development Corporation
    822 Main Street
    Rochester, Indiana 46975
    574-223-2212

    Jeremy Ashcraft, CFRM
    Center Director

    Janiece Stover
    Senior Program Coordinator - Scholars Lead

    Emerald Blankenship
    Program Coordinator

  • Northeast Indiana Area Health Education Center
    The Northeast Indiana Area Health Education Center (NEI AHEC) was established in 2005 in Fort Wayne, IN and has since moved to Muncie, IN. NEI AHEC is hosted at Ball State University. The region includes the 17 counties of Adams, Allen, Blackford, DeKalb, Delaware, Elkhart, Grant, Huntington, Jay, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Randolph, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley.

    NEI AHEC
    Ball State University
    2000 W. University Ave.
    Muncie, IN 47306
    765-285-5681

    Justin Tobyas, MA, LAT, ATC
    Center Director

    Valeri Caldwell, MA
    Assistant Director of Post-Secondary Education – Scholars Lead

    Kim DeOrto, MSEd, BSDH, RDH
    Assistant Director of Outreach and Secondary Education 

  • Northwest Indiana Area Health Education Center
    The Northwest Indiana Area Education Center (NWI AHEC) was established in 2002 in Hammond, IN and is hosted at Purdue University Northwest. NWI AHEC's region includes the eight counties of Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Marshall, Newton, Porter, St. Joseph and Starke.

    NWI AHEC
    Purdue University Northwest
    2200 169th St., 124B
    Hammond, IN 46323
    219-989-2187

    Sandy Behrens, RN, MB
    Center Director

    Monique Walker, MPH
    Associate Center Director

    Gina Avila
    Program Manager - AHEC Scholars Lead

  • South Central Indiana Area Health Education Center
    The South Central Indiana Area Health Education Center (SCI AHEC) was established in 2003 in Mitchell, IN and is hosted by the Hoosier Uplands Economic Development Corporation. SCI AHEC's region includes the 12 counties of Brown, Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Jackson, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Scott and Washington.

    SCI AHEC
    Hoosier Uplands Economic Development Corporation
    500 West Main St.
    Mitchell, IN 47446
    812-849-4447

    Michael Edwards
    Center Director

    Ashley Gilstrap, MSW
    Scholars Lead

    Alexandra Mulbach, MBA
    Clinical Education Coordinator

    Emily Webb
    Academic Success Coordinator

  • Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center
    The Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center (SWI AHEC) was established in 2008 in Evansville, IN and is hosted by the University of Southern Indiana. SWI AHEC's region includes the ten counties of Daviess, DuBois, Gibson, Knox, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick.

    SWI AHEC
    University of Southern Indiana
    8600 University Blvd.
    Evansville, IN 47712
    812-461-5446

    Jane Friona, MHSA
    Center Director

    Krista Kercher
    Clinical Coordinator and Scholars Lead

    Kerseclia Patterson
    Academic Outreach Coordinator

  • West Central Indiana Area Health Education Center

    The West Central Indiana Area Health Education Center (WCI AHEC) was established in 2001 and is located in Terre Haute, IN. WCI AHEC is hosted by Indiana State University. The region includes the nine counties of Clay, Fountain, Greene, Montgomery, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion, Vigo and Warren.

    WCI AHEC
    Indiana State University
    1433 North 6-1/2 St.
    Terre Haute, IN 47807
    812-237-9688

    Jackie Mathis, MS
    Center Director 

    Suzanne Downs
    Clinical Coordinator & AHEC Scholars Lead 

    Kelsey Hart
    Student Services Assistant II 

    Elise Maxwell
    Program Coordinator

Program Leadership

11389-Taylor, Jennifer

Jennifer D. Taylor

Assistant Professor of Family Medicine

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