The NC AHEC Program provides and supports educational activities and services with a focus on primary care in rural communities and those with less access to resources to recruit, train, and retain the workforce needed to create a healthy North Carolina. Located in Rocky Mount, Area L AHEC is one of nine centers in the NC AHEC Program and serves Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, Northampton, and Wilson counties.

History of Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

This short film by Dr. Lawrence M. Cutchin tells the history of AHEC and how it all began.

We are thankful for all the support we receive and the partnerships that allow us to achieve our mission.

AHEC Scholars

“After graduating from the AHEC (Scholars) Program, I say that I would love to do it again.
It was such a great experience and really opened me up to different connections, both professionally and cordial…Don’t sell yourself short. Make sure they give you the opportunity to shadow all of the different aspects of the medical field and I highly encourage you to take the opportunity because you never know where you will actually end up.”

NC Supports Rural Health

“North Carolina faced a serious shortage of healthcare providers in the 1960s, particularly in rural areas. In the coming decades, North Carolina would make several investments in order to provide adequate healthcare for its residents. The Area Health Education Center program, the Brody School of Medicine, and the Office of Rural Health were all designed to address the needs of underserved residents in the state’s 100 counties.”