At Purchase AHEC, we bring people together for the purpose of fostering, engaging, developing and sustaining the health care climate of our region. Whether exploring health careers, expanding professionals' knowledge, or supporting grassroots efforts to tackle current challenges, our office serves as a catalyst, a resource and a community partner to help move our region forward. 

The counties of  Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, and Trigg in far Western Kentucky serve as our geographic service area. Our impact reaches far beyond these borders, with ties to a statewide system affiliated with Kentucky medical schools and national network of Area Health Education Centers.  
When everything falls into place, AHEC Stands For Jobs in healthcare by...
Connecting Students to Careers, Professionals to Communities, and Communities to Better Health


Medical Student Dreams of Healing Rural Kentuckians




Follow this link to learn more about our regional organization & 
 how we fit in to the state and national AHEC network.

What is the Primary Care Crisis?



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our services, students & professionals.

Community Based Faculty - Serving our Students and the Region

Our region's practicing professionals are the backbone of the rural clinical experience for advanced health professions students. Currently there are over 200 professionals serving in our 12-county service area, and without their dedication, we could not serve our students. The following slideshow highlights our "overachievers", who have gone above and beyond over the past 3 years, each site taking between 10 and 25 students. 

Note of interest:  Dr. Casey Brantley, Dr. Cynthia Bowman-Stroud, 
Mykel Tidwell, PharmD. and Tim Thurston & Marcus Turnley, PA-C are all former AHEC students, who completed rotations in our region. Now as practicing professionals, they serve as voluntary faculty and are giving back to the next generation of healthcare providers.