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AHEC Grant Programs

The Area Health Education Center (AHEC) at The Ohio State University College of Medicine is one of 7 regional AHEC offices in Ohio that receives funding from the Ohio Legislature to support and conduct community-based healthcare programs. The AHEC mission is to improve the availability of health care professionals and improve access to quality health care in Ohio. The mission is accomplished through academic and community collaboration, by emphasizing primary care, and focusing on rural and urban underserved areas.

The goals for the use of OSU AHEC funds are:

  • To provide students, interns, and residents in the Health Sciences with an opportunity to gain experience in rural and inner city communities
  • To provide continuing education opportunities for health care professionals in rural and inner city communities
  • To address community needs through health promotion and disease prevention programs
  • To interest students in the Health Sciences in primary care practice
  • To help solve health care issues faced in urban and rural communities

Questions about the AHEC grant programs should be directed to Leon McDougle, MD at leon.mcdougle@osumc.edu


Five community-based projects were selected to receive Faculty Community Engagement Grants for the 2015-16 grant cycle:

  1. Patient Perceptions on How to Improve 1-Week Follow-up After Heart Failure Admission - Khadijah Breathett, MD, Clinical Instructor and Cardiology Fellow
  2. A Community-Based Collaborative to Sustainably Reduce Sedentary Living – Carrie Brackett, PharmD, Associate Professor, Clinical, College of Pharmacy
  3. Adolescent Sexual Health Conference – Penny Carroll, MSW, LSW, Lecturer, OSU Newark
  4. Provider and Community Engagement (PACE) for Health Equity in Colorectal Cancer Prevention and Care – Darrell Gray II, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Clinical, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition
  5. Public Health in Action: Leading Students Toward an Understanding of the Social Determinants of Health – Randi Love, PhD, Associate Professor, Practice, College of Public Health

The next RFP will be issued Fall 2016.