Sanford School of Medicine SD Area Health Education Center

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Connecting students to careers, professionals to communities, communities to better health.

The South Dakota Area Health Education Center (AHEC) collaborates with a network of community, state, healthcare and academic partners committed to meeting the healthcare workforce needs of South Dakota.  

Across Our Nation

The national AHEC program was developed by Congress in 1971 to recruit, train, and retain a health professions workforce committed to underserved populations.  With the objective of eliminating Health Profession Shortage Areas, the national program was designed to encourage universities and educators to look beyond their institutions and partner with communities to promote cooperative solutions with local benefits.   

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