UCSF Fresno-Managed California AHEC Awarded $1.98M to Develop Health Professions Pathway Programs

UCSF Fresno-Managed California Area Health Education Center Awarded $1.98M to Develop Health Professions Pathway Programs

The California Statewide Area Health Education Center (AHEC), established in 1972 to recruit, train and retain a health professions workforce dedicated to underserved communities, was awarded $1.98 million by the Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) to support and encourage students from underrepresented regions and backgrounds to pursue health care careers. California AHEC is located within and administered by the UCSF Fresno Department of Family and Community Medicine.

“We are incredibly happy to have received this funding in support of HCAI’s statewide goals and local aspirations to increase and diversify our health care workforce,” said Ivan Gomez, MD, chief of the UCSF Fresno Department of Family and Community Medicine. “This is an acknowledgment of AHEC’s 50-year successful track record and an opportunity to expand and extend our work.”

AHEC’s five-year proposal focuses on developing high school to post-baccalaureate pathway programs and education. Additional support is provided for development of summer undergraduate internship programs at various outpatient clinical sites and a high-intensity experience for a limited number of post-graduate fellows focused on careers in the health professions, specifically those working with federally qualified health centers (FQHCs).

California AHEC receives federal funding through state initiatives and from the Bureau of Health Workforce under the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). UCSF Fresno administers the funding and subcontracts with a network of 12 AHEC centers, serving 58 counties, located in under-resourced areas of the state to provide population-based education and training for students and health professionals. Each center, in collaboration with their regional advisory boards develops programs to respond to specific health care workforce needs of the community. The AHEC centers conduct their programs through many educational, clinical and community partnerships.

From 2018 to 2021, California AHEC provided professional education and support to 16,318 participants; health careers promotion and preparation to 15,893; and 1,922 in rotations, clerkships, internships and community experiences.

The UCSF Fresno-managed California AHEC was one of 20 organizations statewide to receive a grant. Overall, HCAI awarded $40.8 million to be administered through the Health Professions Careers Opportunity Program, which focuses on students entering the fields of primary care, behavioral health, geriatrics, nursing and oral and allied health. In the San Joaquin Valley, Fresno State and Kern Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Residency Program also received grants. In addition, AltaMed Health Services Corporation, an AHEC center and FQHC network with more than 100 clinics, also received an award.


About UCSF Fresno: UCSF Fresno is a regional campus of the UCSF School of Medicine and UCSF, the leading institution dedicated exclusively to the health sciences. Established in 1975, UCSF Fresno is focused on improving health in California’s San Joaquin Valley through excellence in teaching and patient care, innovative clinical research and community partnerships. UCSF Fresno is the largest academic physician-training program between San Francisco and Sacramento to the north and Los Angeles to the south. UCSF Fresno trains about 300 physicians and 300 rotating medical students including students in the UCSF San Joaquin Valley Program in Medical Education each year. Nearly 700 UCSF core and volunteer faculty at UCSF Fresno care for thousands of patients annually and train the next generation of outstanding clinicians and patient advocates. Roughly 50 % of the physicians trained at UCSF Fresno stay in the Valley to provide UCSF care. In addition, UCSF Fresno helps prepare middle, high school and college students for careers in health and medicine through a variety of pathway programs. Please visit www.fresno.ucsf.edu 

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About UCSF: The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is exclusively focused on the health sciences and is dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. UCSF Health, which serves as UCSF’s primary academic medical center, includes top-ranked specialty hospitals and other clinical programs, and has affiliations throughout the Bay Area. The UCSF School of Medicine also has a regional campus in Fresno.