About Champlain Valley AHEC

The Vermont Statewide Area Health Education Program (AHEC) began in September 1996. At the time there were over 40 AHEC Programs in the United States. Area Health Education Center programs are described as being 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th generation programs. Vermont was a 4th generation AHEC program. These programs could apply for up to 12 years of federal support. Support could be applied for in increments of three years. Congress periodically considers reauthorization of the national AHEC program. Vermont’s congressional delegation has been extremely supportive of Vermont’s funding and reauthorization funding.

The Vermont AHEC Program operates as a partnership between the University of Vermont (UVM) and the regional centers to achieve mutual goals, which includes interdisciplinary educational strategies to improve public health and increase access of care. The AHEC regional centers and UVM work together to meet locally defined needs within a statewide context of needs, strategies, and policy.

In 1997, Northeastern Vermont AHEC started in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.

In 1998, Champlain Valley AHEC started in St. Albans, Vermont.

In 1999, Southern Vermont AHEC started in Springfield, Vermont.

In 2017, the Vermont AHEC Network was restructured from three regional centers to two regional centers: a Northern Vermont AHEC (a 501(c)(3) located in St. Johnsbury) and a Southern Vermont AHEC (a 501(c)(3) located in Springfield, working in partnership with the University of Vermont AHEC Program (located in Burlington). This new model merged the geographic territory and programming of the Champlain Valley AHEC (a 501(c)(3) located in St. Albans) into a revised Vermont AHEC Network infrastructure.