About Us

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

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.