Area Health Education Center Celebrates 25th Anniversary | Characteristics

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ST. JOSEPH, Missouri – The Northwest Missouri Area Health Education Center, an organization dedicated to promoting education programs focused on medical needs, recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Founded on October 23, 1996, NWMO’s AHEC is hosted locally by Mosaic Life Care. The organization serves 19 counties, including: Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Caldwell, Carroll, Clay, Clinton, Daviess, Dekalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Platte, Ray and Worth, according to a statement. Press. . The organization is supported by federal, state and local funds. It is part of the Missouri Area Health Education Center system, which consists of six other regional centers that cover all of Missouri’s counties and three program offices.

Due to multiple factors, rural communities in Missouri are facing a health care crisis, according to a news release.

These regions lack health professionals, noted Becky Kendrick, director of the NWMO’s CAHN. Kendrick said those who work in these communities are usually the people who grew up there. Due to multiple factors, including salaries, it is difficult to convince people who are not from the region to live in these areas. Other elements are also contributing to the health care crisis in rural Missouri communities.

“Access (to health care) is definitely a concern,” Kendrick told the Forum, adding that in some cases individuals have to drive over an hour to receive the care they need.

According to its website, AHEC’s mission is “to improve access to quality health care, especially primary and preventive care by developing and supporting Missouri’s health care workforce.”

The organization and its mission seek to address the crisis facing rural communities in Missouri.

AHEC occasionally hosts shadowing opportunities at Mosaic Medical Center – Maryville for high school and undergraduate students who are interested in the medical field, Kendrick said.

The organization also offers workshops at the MMC-M. Last month, AHEC offered a workshop for students interested in occupational therapy. These efforts are part of the organization’s goal to help students discover health care careers, speak to community health professionals who need their support, and provide communities with better health care. health.

“I’m so grateful that Mosaic and AHEC have the passion to develop theirs,” said Jordan Snook, resident physician at HCA-Research Medical Center. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with AHEC since high school, and they’ve turned me into the best doctor I can be.”

Throughout its history, AHEC has coordinated nearly 4,000 clinical rotations for approximately 1,000 medical students, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, according to a press release. Over 500 people volunteered their time and knowledge to teach these students. The organization has also helped more than 300 high school students discover and pursue careers in healthcare.

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