Welcome to the Northwest Pennsylvania

Area Health Education Center

The Northwest Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center (NW PA AHEC) is a non-profit organization committed to helping communities in Northwest Pennsylvania meet their primary health care needs and enhance the quality of health in our region especially the rural and underserved communities. We maintain partnerships with community, government, and educational agencies and institutions that will connect students to careers, professionals to communities and communities to better health.

Through its funding and network resources, the NW PA AHEC works to improve the health of our communities by developing an interdisciplinary workforce by increasing the number of individuals from minorities and underserved communities who enter primary care and allied health professions and promoting and providing continuing professional education to primary care providers.  In addition, we provide technical assistance in the evaluation and assessment of the public health needs of communities within the NW PA region and supplies innovative, multi-disciplinary responses to those needs.

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The NW PA AHEC office is located in Erie, PA and serves Clearfield, Jefferson, Cameron, Elk, Forest, Clarion, Venango, Butler, Lawrence, Mercer, Crawford, Warren, McKean, Potter, and Erie counties.


Northwest PA, from the beaches of Presque Isle to the Allegheny Mountains, is a great place to live, work, and play. The sparkling waters of Lake Erie and Presque Isle State Park offer a perfect afternoon vacation for people looking to swim, relax, sail, or even treasure hunt, with seven miles of gorgeous, sandy beaches. The miles and miles of lush forests stretched throughout the region provide a great escape for outdoor enthusiasts, whether hunting, fishing, hiking, or biking. Charming villages and Victorian towns, lakeside wineries, historical museums, and a bright night life in the city will charm any personality.