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.
- Help communities grow their own health professionals. This includes collaborating with the WWAMI Medical Education Program at the University of Idaho, regional high schools, and community-based organizations to cultivate student interest in health careers through exciting pipeline activities.
- Help communities get the healthcare professionals they need to meet demands. This includes exposing healthcare students to rural and underserved clinical settings and interprofessional training opportunities through initiatives such as the AHEC Scholars Program and Rural Underserved Opportunities Program (RUOP).
- Help communities keep the healthcare professionals they have. This includes leading innovative continuing education programs, fostering collaboration between community and academic partners, and connecting professionals to share expertise and resources.
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).