The West Central Indiana Area Health Education Center (WCI-AHEC) improves health recruiting (find them), training (train them) and retaining (keep them) a diverse health work force for the underserved communities of: Clay, Fountain, Greene, Montgomery, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warren.
- Increase representation of individuals from under‐represented minority and disadvantaged (URMD), rural and medically underserved backgrounds in health professions, particularly primary care.
- Improve health career preparation in high schools.
- Develop the intent for students to pursue post‐secondary education for primary health care careers.
- Improve the readiness, willingness, and ability of health professions trainees to serve in primary care, rural and medically underserved community settings.
- Enhance collaboration and partnerships between higher education and communities.
- Increase health professionals’ access to training resources that support practice, reduce professional isolation, disseminate best practices, and improve quality of health care for medically underserved communities and health disparity populations.
- Expand educational opportunities for Hoosier health professionals.
- Address key issues in health profession shortage areas, such as rural and medically underserved areas.