What is an AHEC

The Oklahoma Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Network is dedicated to providing support to students in the health professions.  A network of four regional AHECs is available to assist students and professionals in accomplishing their clinical training goals.


The Southwest AHEC, a not-for-profit organization, is a part of Adult and Continuing Education at Cameron University.  The service area includes 23 counties in Southwest Oklahoma and the Oklahoma City metroplex.  Through collaboration with community-based partners, AHEC recruits students into healthcare professions, trains and supports healthcare professionals, and advocates eliminating health disparities. Further, SWAHEC is active in issues important to the service area:  rural economy, health disparities, genetics, community collaborations, and the retention, training and support of health care providers.

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