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HEALTH-UC Overview

HEALTH-UC is the AHEC Center for the Area Health Education Center Program of the University of Cincinnati representing Region VI of the Ohio Statewide AHEC Program. The primary service area is comprised of Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland, and Warren counties. The AHEC Program is a multi-disciplinary project that seeks to improve the availability of healthcare professionals and improve access to quality health care in Ohio. This mission is addressed through educational interventions, academic and community partnerships, sharing resources of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, and collaboration with other health-related agencies and institutions.

The AHEC Program has five core program areas:

CLINICAL TRAINING - this program facilitates ambulatory clinical training in community settings, including those in urban and rural underserved locations. Students benefit from quality educational opportunities in a variety of practice styles and geographic locations. The community preceptors benefit from increased contact with faculty and students, professional stimulation, and improved awareness of the resources of the Medical Center. Patients also benefit by receiving care from providers that actively participate in educational activities.

CONTINUING EDUCATION - the goal of this program is to provide/facilitate quality continuing education for practicing health professionals. The availability of convenient, accredited continuing education is important to the support of existing practitioners, the recruitment and retention of new health professionals, and improved patient care.

HEALTH EDUCATION AND HEALTH PROMOTION PROGRAMS - this programming is offered in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Health and/or other agencies and organizations. There are three primary objectives: 1) to improve the ability of healthcare practitioners to educate their patients about their conditions; 2) to provide education directly to rural program participants in a variety of age groups; and 3) to facilitate access to health information for members of the general public.

HEALTH LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER - the Health Learning Resource Center Program (HLRC) has the primary function to support the pre-serv ice, inservice, and continuing education needs of institutions and health care professionals in the region through the sharing of health science information and materials. A secondary function of the HLRC program is to facilitate public access to current health information.

STUDENT RECRUITMENT - the Health Careers Information Center Program (HCIC) is designed to increase interest in the health professions and the opportunities in the healthcare field. The HCIC makes available speakers, web based information, printed materials, and A/V programs to promote and support initiatives to increase the pursuit of health profession training by traditional and nontraditional students.