WWAMI in the Community

​Area Health Education Center Network

In 1985, the University of Washington assumed sponsorship of the AHEC program to help alleviate shortages of health care personnel in medically underserved rural and urban areas of the Northwest and Alaska. The regional AHEC network comprises six centers, four of which are statewide.

Their administrative headquarters are in Laramie for Wyoming AHEC, Anchorage for Alaska Center for Rural Health, Bozeman for Montana AHEC, and Boise for Idaho AHEC. Washington, geographically divided by the Cascade Mountains, has centers serving the eastern area from Spokane for Eastern Washington AHEC and the western area from Seattle for Western Washington AHEC. The centers are among some 150 AHECs across the nation that are part of a national network to address emerging health care concerns.

WWAMI Center for Health Workforce Studies

Established in 1998 as part of the University of Washington Department of Family Medicine, the Center for Health Workforce Studies brings together researchers from medicine, nursing, dentistry, public health, the allied health professions, pharmacy, and social work to perform applied research on the distribution, supply, and requirement of health care providers, with emphasis on state workforce issues in underserved urban and rural areas in the WWAMI region. Visit the Center for Health Workforce Studies site for additional information.

WWAMI Rural Health Research Center

Established in 1988 and based in the UWSOM Department of Family Medicine and working closely with other departments, schools, WA State Department of Health, and the AHECs, the WWAMI Rural Health Research Center is engaged in a variety of inquiries, with a focus on rural and underserved health care issues. It is one of five federally-funded policy-oriented rural health research centers. Visit the RHRC web site for more information.



Service Learning Resource Center

Students volunteering at Hammond House

Students volunteering at Hammond House

The Service Learning Resource Center (SLRC)  was established in 2009 by the School of Medicine to facilitate and promote service learning, volunteer and advocacy activities for medical students. The SLRC works to fulfill the UWSOM’s mission to meet the healthcare needs of our region, especially for underserved populations. The SLRC attempts to clarify policies around service learning to ensure the safety of students and community members, catalogue and publicize projects, foster community partnerships, and build a collaborative interprofessional network for service learning activities across the health sciences schools.

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