Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) are academic and community partnerships that address healthcare workforce issues. With the mission to "make communities healthier," Texas AHEC East - Capital Region is devoted to improving the supply, distribution, retention, and training of varied health professionals in medically underserved areas. The Capital Region collaborates with community organizations, educational institutions, and healthcare agencies to address the health needs of those we serve.

Our activities and events are aligned with four major program areas:

  • Health Careers Promotion and Preparation
  • Community-Based Student Education and Training
  • Professional Education and Support
  • Community Health and Development

The Texas Area Health Education Center East program office is located in Galveston, Texas on the campus of the University of Texas Medical Branch. CommUnityCare Health Centers currently hosts Texas AHEC East – Capital Region which covers the following counties:

  • Bastrop
  • Blanco
  • Burnet
  • Caldwell
  • Hays
  • Lee
  • Travis
  • Williamson

Guiding Principles:

  • We are an organization that values strength and resourcefulness of individual communities
  • We embrace an environment driven by ethics, honesty, and integrity
  • We strive to nurture diversity and demonstrate a commitment to collaborative inclusiveness
  • We draw upon the skills and experience of all our team members
  • We foster the personal and professional growth of each employee and engender a commitment in providing meaningful, gratifying and challenging work
  • We are dedicated to the promotion of good health in our communities through the support of preventive medicine, community health, disease prevention, and health promotion activities
  • We help build healthier communities with more balanced, responsive and efficient delivery systems



  • Too few students enter a career in health care
  • Too few health care professionals choose employment in underserved areas
  • Too few racial and ethnic minorities and underprivileged people choose careers in the health workforce
  • The population does not appropriately use the existing health care resources
  • Divisions exist between the missions of health profession training programs and community needs

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