Through community based initiatives, NESD AHEC works to promote rural health educational opportunities and address health workforce challenges including the underserved population, and those unique to the region including the following South Dakota counties: Corson, Ziebach, Dewey, Campbell, Walworth, Potter, Sully, Hughes, Hyde, Faulk, Edmunds, McPherson, Hand, Brown, Beadle, Spink, Marshall, Day, Clark, Kingsbury, Roberts, Grant, Codington, Hamlin, Brookings, and Deuel.
The North East South Dakota Area Health Education Center (NESD AHEC) is designed to strengthen the health professions workforce in North East South Dakota through collaborations with communities and academic partners that support life-long learning and ensure a future generation of health professionals in rural South Dakota.
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The National AHEC program was developed by Congress in 1971 to recruit, train, and retain a health professions workforce committed to underserved populations. With the objective of eliminating Health Profession Shortage Areas, the national program was designed to encourage universities and educators to look beyond their institutions and partner with communities to promote cooperative solutions with local benefits.