The West Central Illinois Area Health Education Center (AHEC) was established at the UnityPoint Health - Memorial Hospital in early 2019. The overall intent is to improve health care for the underserved by providing/giving access to health professions education, health careers development, and community and public health promotion activities.

Goals of the Program include:

1) improving distribution of the health professions workforce through recruitment/retention programs;

2) increasing the workforce through educational outreach to youth in rural communities;

3) improving quality of the workforce through regionally-based educational offerings; and

4) increasing access through developing a competent workforce.