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Panhandle Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

The Panhandle Area Health Education Center is one of five Centers in the West Texas area.  Panhandle AHEC provides services to the top twenty counties in the Texas Panhandle.  The mission of Panhandle AHEC is to address the health care provider shortage and improve health care access in West Texas through education and development of the health care workforce.

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

  • Introduce youth to health careers

  • Support rural clinical training for students who are in the health professions

  • Provide practice support to existing health care professionals

  • Promote healthy living

Panhandle AHEC provides a variety of services to the health care community as well as information to high school students on the various health care careers that are available.  Click on the links below for more information on AHEC and health care career resources.

Click on this sentence to download Panhandle AHEC's Brochure

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


Scholarship Opportunities

AHEC Scholars

AHEC Scholars is a program for undergraduate and graduate health professions students interested in enhancing their education and experiences beyond the classroom.  Students will gain additional knowledge and experiences in patient centered team based care and learn about unique challenges that face underserved rural and/or urban communities. 

                       Panhandle AHEC will award scholars up to $1,600 depending on                                             area of study and for commitment to participation in AHEC Scholars Program!

Program duration is two years and each year includes the following for a total of 160 hours:

  • 40 hours community-based, experiential, or clinical training in rural and/or underserved area
  • 40 hours didactic education per year  (focused on six Core Topic Areas)
  • Core Topic Areas Include Information On:
    • Interprofessional Education
    • Behavioral Health Integration
    • Social Determinants of Health
    • Cultural Competency
    • Practice Transformation
    • Current and Emerging Health Issues
  • Signed agreement to participate in longitudinal tracking

Didactic education and clinical experience can be done through a flexible schedule distributed across semesters or via intensive training sessions.

Eligibility Criteria:

Students should have a current interest in rural or underserved healthcare, be currently enrolled in a health professions degree or certificate program and be two years from program or degree completion.

To see AHEC Scholars Flyer, click here

To see a list of approved disciplines, click here

To apply for AHEC Scholars, go to: https://goo.gl/forms/31PMGUzaMBN7LrJv2

Panhandle Great 25 Nurses

The Panhandle Great 25 Nurses is an opportunity to recognize Registered Nurses from ALL practice areas for their contributions to the communities in which they live and practice both the art and science of nursing. The success of the 3RD annual event in 2018 recognition event allowed the Great 25 committee to allocate six- 1500 dollar scholarships for nurses to continue to pursue and advance their education in the field of professional nursing and to provide healthcare to the citizens in their respective Panhandle communities. Building on the great success from the 3RD annual event, the dollar amount 2019 to be allocated has increased to 2000 dollars for six students.

As we embark on our 4th year celebration, we invite you to join our efforts to recognize 25 deserving professional nurses throughout the Texas Panhandle. The Panhandle Great 25 Nurses Celebration tremendously appreciates our past sponsors who have helped to make the event so successful. The committee would like to extend the 2018 sponsorship opportunity to our corporate, industry, and community business partners, as well as individual sponsors to help us ensure the tradition of the Panhandle Great 25 and its mission continues. Our hope is this award will continue to be recognized throughout the nursing community for years to come in the Texas Panhandle as an esteemed honor and prestigious accomplishment for the nursing profession.

Panhandle Great 25 Nurses 4th annual event will take place on October 10th, 2019, 5:45-8:30 pm at Polk Street United Methodist Church.

  Please visit https://www.panhandlegreat25.com for more information on the event and sponsorship opportunities.

Community Health Workers

What is a Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker (CHW)?

A person who, with or without compensation is a liaison and provides cultural mediation between health care and social services, and the community. A promotor(a) or community health worker is a trusted community member, that has a close understanding of the ethnicity, language, socio-economic status, and life experiences of the community served. A promotor(a) or community health worker assists people to gain access to needed services and builds individual, community, and system capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, patient navigation and follow-up, community health education and information, informal counseling, social support, advocacy and participation in clinical research.

What does Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker (CHW) Training and Certification Program provide?

Program is certified by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and provides 160 contact hours towards certification.  Participants will learn the basic eight core competencies in a community and healthcare environment.

To access Community Health Worker Course information, please either link below.

To learn more about the 160 Community Health Worker Online Course click here

To learn more about the Community Health Worker Online Course with an Emphasis on Behavioral and Mental Health Starting September 2019, Click Here

 For CHW continuing education opportunities, please contact: Stephanie Loya at 806-651-3482 or by email at sloya@wtamu.edu.

2019 Continuing Education Opportunities

The Panhandle Area Health Education Center will have several upcoming continuing education events scheduled.  As more information is available concerning dates, locations and costs, this information will be posted here and on our Facebook page and Twitter account. 


West Texas Panhandle Chapter ENA Emergency Nursing Pediatric Courses (ENPC) 2019

The ENPC Provider course is designed to provide core level knowledge and psychomotor skills associated with the delivery of  professional nursing care to the pediatric patient. The content presented is through a combination of online modules, presentations and psychomotor skills stations.  For additional information on this class and to register, click on the link below for the dates the classes are offered and additional information.

Click on this sentence to download the ENPC Registration Form


West Texas Panhandle Chapter ENA Trauma Nursing Core Courses (TNCC) 2019

The TNCC Provider course is designed to provide core level trauma knowledge and psychomotor skills associated with the delivery of professional emergency care to the trauma patient. The content is presented through a combination of online modules, lectures and psychomotor skills stations.

Click on this sentence to download the TNCC Registration Form


The Panhandle Area Health Education Center assists many health professions schools in placing their students in rural hospitals and clinics to gain experience and complete the required clinical portion of their training.  Students completing their clinical experience in a rural location, away from Amarillo, are in need of housing while they work in a community.  Living in the community while completing their clinical allows the student to experience the positive benefits of living in a rural location. 

To find our more about how you and or someone in your community could host a student when they are completing their clinical experience, click on the link below to download an informational brochure.

Click on this sentence to download the Housing the Future of Medicine flyer


Panhandle Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

West Texas A&M University

Amarillo Center

720 S. Tyler

Amarillo, TX 79101

 806-651-3480 phone        806-651-3489 fax