The Ahec Contribution To Social Work Education
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The Ahec Contribution To Social Work Education

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    The Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program is a Federal initiative funded by the Public Health Service. The goal of the program is to improve the distribution and quality of training for health professionals. Funds are awarded to schools of medicine or osteopathy which in turn subcontract with at least two other health professional schools. Each project recipient must establish an AHEC center to plan and coordinate community-based educational experiences for health professions students in designated health shortage areas. The AHEC program fosters interdisciplinary training among health professionals. As part of the basic program thrust, some AHECs have included the social work profession in their program design. The Massachusetts AHEC, through Boston University's School of Social Work, established a health care concentration and interdisciplinary rotation that included students from social work, psychology, nursing, and medicine. Other examples of AHEC-sponsored training are presented from Baltimore, the eastern shore of Virginia, and several centers in Massachusetts. Through the AHEC training mechanism, social work students as well as practitioners in the field have the opportunity to encounter the most current and urgent issues in health care practice.
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