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      UNMC Receives Grant for Rural Health Education Centers

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      TheUniversity of Nebraska Medical Center has received a five-year grant from theHealth Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health andHuman Services.

      The purpose of the grant is to open a new center in Lincoln and renew funding in Area Health EducationCenters (AHEC) that already exist.

      Existing centers are located in Grand Island, Norfolk,Scottsbluff and Omaha. The new center in Lincoln will servethe southeast region of the state.

      Nebraska AHECs have received federal funding for their programs the last 13 years.

      TheAHEC program is key in the recruitment and retention of health professionals inNebraska's 93 counties. Some of the other key duties performed by AHECsinclude:

      • Working with local schools (grades K-12) in health career promotion;
      • Providing health career fairs and camps;
      • Assisting health profession students gain educational experiences inunderserved communities;
      • Working with local health career providers to assure the availability ofcontinuing education; and
      • Working with community agencies to meet local health care needs.

      "Thisgrant allows AHECs to continue their work with community and academic partnersto make a difference in medically underserved communities," said MichaelSitorius, M.D., chairman of the UNMC Department of Family Medicine and directorof Nebraska AHEC in Omaha, noting that more than 75 percent of the grantdollars go to the regional centers and their communities.

      Foradditional information on AHEC centers, please contact a local AHECrepresentative:

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