The Northern California AHEC is housed at the Health Alliance of Northern California (HANC), a community health center consortium of community clinics and rural hospitals in Northern California. The AHEC provides health professions education information and shadowing opportunities to high school students in rural and frontier regions of California; annually holds a health careers conference for middle and high school students; provides housing support for medical students completing rural CHC rotations; supports Shasta Community Health Center Family Medicine Residency Teaching Program and the Nurse Practitioner / Physician Assistant Fellowship Program; and offers continuing education on team based care, PCMH, ACA and other disease-specific topics.


The HANC is an alliance of 13 FQHCs, lookalikes, non-profit rural health clinics and Indian health centers located in 11 rural and frontier counties in far Northern California. Maintaining current and future staffing capacity is a constant challenge. The AHEC provides a health careers orientation workshop at local high schools, introducing students to the many opportunities in health care. There is no public university or medical school in the region. Many students are from families where neither parent has a college degree and students have never been on a college campus. Even with an interstate highway running through the center of the region, much of the population of the region is very rural, with some students riding a bus several hours each day to and from school. Supplementing school workshops, the AHEC sponsors an annual Health Careers Day, bringing in students from outlying areas. Career days provide experiential learning stations with local health professionals, where students have the opportunity to practice CPR, perform laparoscopy on a pumpkin, do physical therapy exercises and even tour a portable morgue. The AHEC also hosts field trips for interested students to visit educational facilities, like UC Davis Medical School and the Rural Health Sciences Institute, which specializes in nursing education and includes a state of the art simulation lab.


For more information, please contact the Center Director - David Lavine at


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California Area Health Education Center Program


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