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<p>Advocates for increasing health-care education opportunities and the number of health-care providers in medically underserved areas across the state will be in Indianapolis March 25 for &#8220;The Next Generation,&#8221; the theme of the Indiana Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) annual meeting.</p>

Indiana AHEC Looks to the Future of Health-Care Statewide at Annual Event

Guest speakers will include Richard K. Merchant, CEO, Northern AHEC Inc. in Canton, NY., who will present “Tracking the Future” and Morris Weyand, IPS Magnet School Coordinator, Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School, who will discuss “Preparing Students for Success: One Public School System’s Response.”

The program will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Marriott Indianapolis Downtown, 350 W. Maryland Street.

AHEC is a federal program responding to physician and health-care provider shortages in underserved and rural areas. To date there are more than 180 AHEC offices in 46 states, including five regional centers providing services to all 92 Indiana counties.

Indiana AHEC’s program office is at the Indiana University School of Medicine on the IU Medical Center campus. Statewide the program’s objective is to improve the distribution of health-care professionals in underserved areas, and improve the diversity and quality of education of the health-care workforce in Indiana.

For additional information on Indiana AHEC, see