What is Southern Vermont AHEC?
The Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center (SVTAHEC) is one of two regional AHECs in Vermont. These AHECs work in partnership with the The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, College of Education and Social Services, and the UVM Medical Center Residency Programs.
Through this alliance with the University of Vermont, the two AHECs support and promote excellence in the health care system of Vermont and in the training of health practitioners through community-based education involving students, health care professionals and community residents.
The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, the University of Vermont, the State of Vermont and local community organizations provide funding for the AHECs. This four-way partnership enables a broad framework under which each AHEC tailors its program and activities to meet local health priorities. Southern Vermont AHEC was established in Springfield, Vermont in early 1999. It serves the five counties of Addison, Bennington, Rutland, Windham and Windsor. Southern Vermont AHEC primarily focuses on rural health care workforce development to meet the needs of communities and health care professionals. Related to workforce development, the center works closely with the University of Vermont in supporting medical students and their community faculty prior to, during and after rotations.
Mission of Southern Vermont AHEC:
Enhancing community efforts to obtain, maintain and retain the primary healthcare workforce in Southern Vermont.