The Northwest Missouri Region Health Education Center celebrates 25 years of growing and supporting Missouri’s health care workforce and improving the quality of health care. The Northwest Missouri Area Health Education Center was founded on October 23, 1996. The purpose of the organization was to assess the medical needs of the area, promote training programs to focus on these needs, and to secure funds and in-kind support and preceptor opportunities to sustain the program. Twenty-five years later, although most of the leaders, preceptors, board members and staff have changed, the mission remains the same. Connecting students to careers, professionals to communities, and communities to better health is what drives the work we do every day.
Over the past 25 years, NWMO’s AHEC has coordinated nearly 4,000 clinical rotations for nearly 1,000 medical students, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Over 500 preceptors volunteered their time and knowledge to teach these students. Additionally, we have mentored over 300 high school students as they explore and pursue careers in healthcare.
Jordan Snook, Resident Physician at HCA-Research Medical Center, previously said, “I’m so grateful that Mosaic and AHEC have the passion to grow. I’ve had the opportunity to work with AHEC since high school, and they’ve made me the best doctor I can be.
Rural communities in Missouri are facing a health crisis. NWMO’s AHEC is committed to doing its part to improve access to quality healthcare by developing and supporting Missouri’s healthcare workforce.
NWMO’s AHEC serves an area of 19 counties in northwest Missouri, including Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Caldwell, Carroll, Clay, Clinton, Daviess, Dekalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt counties , Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Platte, Ray and Worth. The NWMO’s AHEC is part of the Missouri Area Health Education Centers system, which consists of six other regional centers covering all of Missouri’s counties and three program offices. NWMO’s AHEC is hosted locally by Mosaic Life Care and is supported by federal, state, and local funding. Visit their website for more information.