University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Office of Primary Care and Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program



OPC and AHEC Centers Programs

The Office of Primary Care (OPC) and Vermont AHEC represent a constant presence in health care and education, beginning with the first exposure of sixth graders to health career possibilities, through support for health professions students’ educational endeavors, to retention strategies that strive to keep health practitioners in Vermont.

OPC and AHEC programs evolve as new needs develop: when continuing education was identified as a need for school nurses, Vermont AHEC and the Vermont Department of Health developed an ongoing program of educational sessions delivered via Vermont Interactive Technologies (VIT) to reach school nurses around the state. As the University of Vermont College of Medicine focused increasingly on making more rural rotations available for medical students, Vermont AHEC wrote and won a federal grant to make summer rural experiences possible for interdisciplinary teams of medical and health professions students. In light of the increasing need for integration between primary care and mental health, substance abuse and behavioral health providers, the Office of Primary Care launched a day-long conference for those professionals called “Bridging the Divide” to educate about the collaborative continuum of care.

In 2013, the Office of Primary Care and Vermont AHEC Network provided 4,784 Vermont youth with health care careers experiences, worked with 218 providers precepting health professions students, delivered continuing to 2,687 health care professionals, and placed 21 physicians in Vermont communities.

Last modified April 07 2014 11:55 AM