About Us

CLAHEC Overview

Central Louisiana AHEC is a non-profit, community based agency that works with a volunteer advisory board of local health care professionals, community leaders, educators and citizens. We offer a variety of education based services to meet the needs of health care providers and consumers in the 17-parish region that we serve.

Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) are special cooperative efforts among health career educators, community hospitals, health professionals, and local citizens. The AHEC concept was developed in the 70s to address the growing shortage of health care workers. Today, a network of AHECs work throughout Louisiana and across the nation to:

Address shortages of health professionals in underserved and rural areas;

Provide community-based services that assist practicing health professionals – doctors, dentists, nurses and other providers – to further develop and maintain their skills;

Encourage students, especially minorities or under-represented groups, to pursue health professions.