The Western Regional Area Health Education Center and other regional partners play an integral role in teaching and training the next generation of health professionals along with the College of Health and Human Services at Western Michigan University. The center is housed in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The Area Health Education Center program was developed by Congress in 1971 to recruit, train and retain the healthcare workforce committed to underserved populations.
Michigan is covered by five regional centers:
- Upper Peninsula Regional Center
- Northern Lower Regional Center
- Mid-Central Regional Center
- Southeast Regional Center
- Western Regional Center
Who we serve
Implemented in 2013, the Western Regional Center serves nineteen counties in Western Michigan: Mason, Lake, Oceana, Newaygo, Muskegon, Ottawa, Kent, Allegan, Barry, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Jackson, Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph, Branch, Hillsdale and Lenawee.
Mission and Vision
Enhance access to quality primary and preventive healthcare for the residents in the 19-county catchment area, by increasing the size and diversity of the healthcare workforce through community partnerships.
Strengthen the primary care workforce through the recruitment, training and retention of healthcare professionals in medically underserved, healthcare provider shortage areas.
The Western Regional Area Health Education Center at Western Michigan University appreciates the work of it's governing body.
Cheryl Dickson, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Associate Dean for Health Equity and Community Affairs- Western Michigan Homer K. Stryker School of Medicine
Travis Fojtasek, Ph.D., Independent Survey Research Consultant, Michigan Center for Rural Health
Kevin Hughes, Deputy Health Officer, District Health Department 10
Mark Lubberts, Director, Spectrum Health Healthier Communities
Tom Richardson, MBA, MA, Administrator for Business Development and Partnerships- VanBuren Intermediate School District
Kathy Sather, President/CEO, Baldwin Family Health Care
Cary Stamas, Director of College & Career Readiness, Kent ISD
Dave Wingard, Ph.D., Director of Research and Strategic Development, TrueNorth Community Services