About Utah AHEC

National AHEC Organization

Mindy Bateman

A Message from NAO President Elect, Mindy Bateman

NAO Mission

The National AHEC Organization represents a network of more than 300 AHEC program offices and centers that serve over 85% of United States counties. The NAO mission is to help its members achieve the AHEC mission through advocacy, education, and research. The AHEC mission is to enhance access to quality health care, particularly primary and preventive care, by improving the supply and distribution of health care professionals via strategic partnerships with academic programs, communities, and professional organizations.

National AHEC Orginization

We are embarking on an exciting new chapter of the AHEC Program. Our federal funding agency, the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration [HRSA], has expanded the role of AHEC Programs to now include three priorities: Distribution, Diversity, and Practice Transformation. This opens up so many opportunities for AHECs across the country to provide next level support for primary care workforce growth and I am honored by the opportunity to serve the 2018 President Elect of the National AHEC Organization at this critical time.  

I have a long history with the AHEC Program and the National AHEC Organization (NAO). I have worked with Utah AHEC for the last 20 years, serving as the Center Director of the Crossroads Utah AHEC Office for the last 10 years. I recognized early on the importance of being engaged at a national level, and so in 2008 I started my work with the National AHEC Organization as a member of the Committee on Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE). In my 10 years of service with NAO I have built great relationships with AHEC Programs and Centers across the country. These connections have allowed me to bring back important information to ensure best practices here in Utah. More importantly, through my participation in NAO I have been able to showcase “the Utah way” to my colleagues throughout the country.

In these next few years, I am excited to lead the NAO as we establish exciting new programs across the country (in particular, the AHEC Scholars Program) and embrace the role that AHEC plays in supporting Practice Transformation, Workforce Diversity, and Workforce Distribution.”

Mindy Bateman
NAO President Elect

NAO Mission

The National AHEC Organization represents a network of more than 300 AHEC program offices and centers that serve over 85% of United States counties. The NAO mission is to help its members achieve the AHEC mission through advocacy, education, and research. The AHEC mission is to enhance access to quality health care, particularly primary and preventive care, by improving the supply and distribution of health care professionals via strategic partnerships with academic programs, communities, and professional organizations.