Established in 1990, the Southwest Georgia Area Health Education Center (SOWEGA-AHEC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation whose MISSION is to create and sustain community driven regional programs that promote healthcare access for medically underserved Georgians by improving the quality, education, supply, distribution, and retention of healthcare professionals. Our PROGRAMS foster action and advocacy and are implemented through community and academic partnerships. Our VISION is to have a workforce that closely matches the state’s population in diversity, to assure that each community has enough practitioners in the right disciplines, particularly primary care, to improve access to healthcare. Our PARTNERS include academic centers; community-based organizations; hospitals; technical colleges; state agencies; private foundations; elementary, middle and high schools; community health centers; Rural Health Clinics; Health Departments; and private providers in efforts to attack the region’s healthcare workforce problems.
SOWEGA-AHEC was chartered to serve 38 counties in southwest Georgia. Thirty-two of these counties are health profession shortage areas (HPSA) and thirty-seven of these counties are Medically Underserved Areas/Populations (MUA/P). SOWEGA-AHEC is one of six AHECs in Georgia that serves all 159 counties.
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