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The Health Projects Center’s Central Coast Area Health Education Center (AHEC) works to improve access to and the quality of health care for the medically underserved in the Monterey Bay Region. We are partners in a national network of Centers that work to educate and train health students and professionals serving underserved communities.

Central Coast AHEC activities educate family practice medical residents, health professions students and health care workers about geriatrics and community-based care. Central Coast AHEC works in partnership with the University of California San Francisco’s Natividad Medical Center Family Residency Program and Cabrillo College’s Nursing and Dental Hygiene programs. We also provide training to In-Home Supportive Service Workers (in both English and Spanish) employed through Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. ​

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AHEC builds community-academic partnerships for health education and health workforce training. AHEC is supported in part by the US Health Resources and Services Administration and the University of California.  To learn more visit


In 2019, we launched the AHEC Scholars Program for Cabrillo College health students.  AHEC Scholars provides students with supplemental training, clinical experience and community-based projects focused on serving the underserved.  For more information or to apply visit:

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Health professionals are invited to view these web based trainings delivered by national experts. Continuing education credits are available for participants.


Webinar topics include:

  • Team-Based Primary Care  
    Presented by: Tom Bodenheimer, MD, MPH, UC San Francisco School of Medicine


  • Preventing Clinician Burnout
    Presented by: Mark Linzer, MD, FACP, University of Minnesota School of Medicine


  • Breast Health Screening in Primary Care 
    Presented by: Marianne McKennett, MD, UC San Diego School of Medicine

To see a full list of webinar topics and to register to view the content, click here.

Orientation Guide for New Clinicians

This guide is intended as a resource for community health centers and clinics wanting to improve their clinician retention efforts with a focus on the orientation phase of a retention plan.

Included in this Guide:

  1. Retention Phases

  2. A Quality Program

  3. Orientation Check List

  4. Points to Consider

  5. Retention

Central Coast AHEC is proud to be affiliated with:

Health Projects Center is a proud member of the National AHEC Organization.

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