In 1971, the AHEC (Area Health Education Centers) program was developed by the U.S. Congress to recruit, train and retain a health professions workforce committed to underserved populations.
The Area Health Education Center of Eastern Washington was established in March 1987 under Washington State University Spokane. Funding came from the Washington State Department of Health and the University of Washington School of Medicine. In 2003, the AHEC transitioned again to a home under the WSU Extension.
In September of 2015, the Eastern Washington Area Health Education Center transitioned from the WSU Extension to Eastern Washington University under the College of Health Sciences and Public Health. EWU is thrilled to be part of the AHEC tradition in Eastern Washington.