The North Idaho Area Health Education Center’s mission is to enhance access to quality health care, particularly primary and preventive care, by supporting and improving the supply and distribution of healthcare professionals via strategic partnerships with academic programs, communities and professional organizations.
Established in 2018, the North Idaho AHEC is focusing on three objectives.
- Helping communities get the health care professionals they need to meet demands. This includes exposing heath care students to rural and underserved health care through initiatives such as the WWAMI Rural Underserved Opportunities Program (RUOP), AHEC Scholars Program and other innovative ways of meeting the health care needs of rural and/or underserved communities.
- Helping communities keep the health care professionals they have. This includes leading continuing education programs and connecting professionals to share expertise and resources.
- Helping communities grow their own health professionals. This includes working with the WWAMI Medical Program at the University of Idaho and high school pipeline programs to bring Idaho’s own students back to Idaho to practice.
The North Idaho AHEC serves 10 counties: Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Benewah, Shoshone, Latah, Clearwater, Nez Perce, Lewis and Idaho. Our boundaries align with Idaho Public Health Districts 1 (Panhandle) and 2 (North Central).