Virginia Area Health Education Centers (VA AHEC) are federally funded through the United States Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and administered by the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority.

The aim of VA AHEC is to provide interprofessional and educational resources to motivate, recruit, train, and maintain a healthcare workforce dedicated to serving our eight AHEC Regions within Virginia. Within these eight regions are AHEC Centers which are made up of dedicated teams of professionals who collaborate with healthcare providers, educators, and community leaders, striving to create innovative programs and initiatives that address the evolving needs of our diverse population.

Through comprehensive training, continuous education, strategic partnerships, and the VA AHEC Scholars Program, we empower healthcare professionals to deliver exceptional care while promoting health equity. VA AHEC Program also contributes toward the HRSA mission to increase access to care for underserved individuals and communities through their academic and community partnerships that create training opportunities for health professions students and health care professionals.

What are AHECs?

Federal Grant funded by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

AHEC Program supports the following three overarching goals:

70% AHEC Scholars, 10% Clinical Training / Health Career Awareness / Continuing Education

AHEC Program Activities


Preparing a diverse, culturally competent primary care workforce that can address the needs of the communities we serve;


Improving workforce distribution throughout the nation, particularly among rural and underserved areas and populations; and


Developing and maintaining a health care workforce that is prepared to deliver high quality care in a transforming health care delivery system with an emphasis on rural and underserved areas and communities.


Amy Taloma Amy Taloma, Ph.D. Director of Virginia AHEC
Amy Paul, MD Amy Paul, MD Director of Data, Impact, & Engagement
Abbey Sandhovel Abbey Sandhovel Virginia AHEC Program Coordinator

AHEC Regional Directors

Brenda Bechler Brenda Bechler Center Director
Blue Ridge AHEC
Aileen Edwards Harris, MSA Aileen Edwards Harris, MSA Center Director
Capital Area AHEC
Susan Schumann Hunter, Ph.D. Susan Schumann Hunter, Ph.D. Center Director
Eastern Virginia AHEC
Karen Y. Brown, MAEd Karen Y. Brown, MAEd Center Director
Northern Virginia AHEC
Stacie Wind Stacie Wind Center Director
Rappahannock AHEC
Anjanette Farmer Anjanette Farmer Outreach Specialist & Center Director
South Central AHEC
Natasha Lipscomb Natasha Lipscomb Center Director
Southside AHEC
Louann Morrow Louann Morrow Center Director
Southwest AHEC


Click any area to learn more about each AHEC region

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