Welcome to the North Central
Area Health Education Center!
The North Central AHEC is the newest of Kentucky's eight regional AHEC Centers and is part of the National AHEC Organization (NAO). The North Central AHEC was established in 1998 to serve 16 counties in the north central portion of the State. The main office is located in Park Hills with a smaller office in Lexington.
The Mission of the North Central AHEC is to promote healthy communities through innovative partnerships. This is accomplished by providing:
Educational support services to health professions students and health care providers
Community health education, and
Programs that encourage health professions as a career choice
The North Central AHEC is a health education organization whose members adhere to the following core values:
We believe in the value of education to strengthen individual and community health and wellness.
We believe in responding positively to the needs of the community in a professional manner.
We believe that the needs of the community determine the activities and programs of the AHEC.
We believe in serving a diverse, multicultural community using respect, creativity and inclusiveness.
We believe in collaborating with others to meet the mission of the North Central AHEC.
We believe that honesty, open communication and humor are essential to our function as a professional organization
We value the creativity and individuality of each of our members.
The North Central AHEC is driven by a vision of:
Health care students-in-training working and living in rural and undeserved communities as a critical part of their professional education.
Diverse, multicultural communities in northern and central Kentucky having full access to health education information.
School students receiving guidance that will enable them to prepare for careers in health care.
Under the leadserhip of Evelyn "Karkie" Tackett, MHA, Center Director, the North Central AHEC has developed cooperative relationships with area clinics, hospitals, health departments, schools, colleges, and community groups. Programs and services include:
- clinical education training opportunities for health care professions students,
- identification and recruitment of potential clinical training sites for health professions students,
- health education programming for schools and community groups,
- health careers recruitment activities in schools, and
- programs to meet the growing health needs of the Hispanic and underserved minority populations.
Gateway Community and Technical College is Northern Kentucky's only publicly supported, two-year comprehensive community and technical college. The college enrolls nearly 5,000 students and offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in 30 subject areas. Classes are provided at GCTC locations in Boone County, Covington, and Edgewood. Through partnerships with more than 400 local businesses, GCTC provides customized, short-term training to more than 3,000 other people. Gateway Community and Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. GCTC is one of 16 colleges that comprise the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.
The activities of the North Central AHEC are guided by an Advisory Board which is composed of community leaders, health professionals, educators and students. Mr. Chris Goddard, CEO of HealthPoint Family Care in Covington, currently chairs the Advisory Board. For a complete list of Advisory Board members, click on "Advisory Board" in the directory on the left side at the top of this page.
The North Central AHEC provides services in the following Kentucky counties:
1030 Old State Road
Park Hills, Kentucky 41011
Phone: (859) 442-1191
Fax: (859) 581-0589
Black & Williams Neighboorhood Center
498 Georgetown Street
Lexington, Kentucky 40508
Phone: (859) 281-6086
Fax: (859) 254-9919