Maryland Area Health Education Center West, also known as "AHEC West," is a rural, community-based organization serving Appalachian counties in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. To fulfill our mission to improve access to and promote quality in health care through educational and other partnerships, we collaborate with local, state, federal, and private organizations working toward mutual goals of a fair national distribution of health professionals and the elimination of health disparities due to rurality, poverty, race, and culture.


Nurses Week Proclamation

The Allegany County Commissioners recently proclaimed May 6-12, 2016 as National Nurses Week in the county. From left are Commissioner William R. Valentine, Commissioner Creade V. Brodie, Jr.,  members of the AHEC West Nursing Caucus Joy Taylor, Angela Spataro RN, and Bea Himmelwright-Lamm EdD RN, and Commissioner Jacob C. Shade. [READ MORE]

Perman Promotes IPE in Western Maryland

UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, travelled to Cumberland, Md., April 20 to promote team-based health care and education, and to help the region’s Area Health Education Center (AHEC) celebrate 40 years of service. “This AHEC is a win-win,” Perman said. “It’s wonderful that this community welcomes students here from their big Baltimore environments and schools, but I think the students give us back something, too, in terms of keeping our community practitioners very grounded.” More on AHEC West's 40th Anniversary and Dr. Perman's visit to Western Maryland. [READ MORE]

Western Maryland AHEC becomes AHEC West

The Western Maryland Area Health Education Center, the long-standing area not-for-profit whose mission is to improve access to and promote quality in healthcare through educational and other partnerships, is changing its name to Maryland Area Health Education Center West (AHEC West), according to Susan Stewart, the agency’s Executive Director.
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