The Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is a private, non-profit, 501(C) 3 organization, which became operational in 1997. Governed by a 16 person Board of Directors, AHEC services the nine counties comprising Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

AHEC’s goal is to increase the number of health care providers who provide services in rural and underserved areas and eliminate health disparities among diverse populations of the Eastern Shore by providing and coordinating programs that improve the health status of all. In the face of rapidly changing demographics in the region, AHEC leverages federal, state and local resources to support health careers promotion, health professions student rotations in underserved rural communities, continuing education, and community health promotion activities.

Since 1997, Eastern Shore AHEC has achieved important impacts in the region: significant increase in rural rotation site development with 162 participating preceptors; 17,000 health professionals participated in the Continuing Education program; delivery of health careers educational activities for 63,000 K-12 students; development of a rural oral health outreach program that has increased access to oral health services to over 35,000 low-income children; conducted interdisciplinary training for 800 health professions students in geriatric settings; 16,000 interlibrary loans have been fulfilled; and 1,869 participants have successfully completed Aging Simulation Sensitivity Training since 2005.


ESAHEC Program Highlights

Program One

The National Diabetes Prevention Program or National DPP was created in 2010 to address the increasing burden of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes in the United States.

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Program two

The Oral Health Outreach Program delivers oral health education, support, and resources to all age groups across all demographics in all 9 counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore with the primary goal of decreasing the rate of oral disease and ……

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Program Three

The REACH program will: Reduce disparities, Educate minorities, And encourage individuals to take charge of their health through, Community collaboration and, Healthy living

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The program goal is to establish partnerships with high schools/teachers to promote interest in careers in healthcare by presenting programs to high school science classes grades 9-12.

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Program four

Eastern Shore E.P.O.P.S. or Elder POPulation Simulation program (formally known as ASST) is based on the success of the GAIT (Geriatric Assessment Interdisciplinary Team) model.

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Program five

“The Smile of a Lifetime Starts Now” is a teen HPV and Vaping Prevention Program to present the facts and inform teens of the risks associated with tobacco addiction and sexually transmitted infections as it relates to oral health.

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Program six

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