Panhandle Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

The Panhandle Area Health Education Center is one of six Centers in the West Texas area. Panhandle AHEC provides services to the top twenty counties in the Texas Panhandle through its mission to prepare a diverse, culturally competent workforce that is prepared to deliver high quality care to residents in the top 20 counties of the Texas Panhandle.


Panhandle AHEC serves the following counties:
Armstrong, Carson, Collingsworth, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Donley, Gray, Hansford, Hartley, Hemphill, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Moore, Ochiltree, Oldham, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, and Wheeler.


To accomplish its mission, Panhandle AHEC focuses on the following strategies:

  • Promote and educate high school students on health careers through a variety of curriculums and resources.
  • Support health professions students and education programs with supplemental education and training equipment.  We assist with student clinical placements in rural and/or underserved communities to enhance student's knowledge and experience in providing care to rural and underserved communities.
  • Provide accredited and affordable continuing education opportunities for health care professionals.
  • Work with community health providers and local organizations to address community healthcare workforce needs affecting recruitment and retention.

Panhandle AHEC promotes its mission by collaborating with or being members of other professional organizations that have a similar mission to address the health care provider shortage in the rural areas of West Texas.

These organizations and partners include:

  • Texas Rural Health Association
  • National Rural Health Association
  • Panhandle Behavioral Health Alliance
  • Coalition of Health Services

AHECs also work closely with high schools, colleges and universities, community-based health care professionals, community leaders and students.

Click on the link below for more information on health care career resources.

For information on health care careers go to the Texas H.O.T. (Health Opportunities in Texas) Jobs website at