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Photo 1Housed at AltaMed Clinic Services, a full service federally qualified community health center (FQHC) network with 43 locations in southern California, the East Los Angeles Area Health Education Center (AHEC) provides continuing education to health professionals working in Community Health Centers (CHC) and offers clinical rotations to primary care residents and health professions students. The AltaMed Health Services AmeriCorps Program provides outreach services to increase health care access, engage in health education and wellness efforts, and provide career exposure and development activities to encourage high school students to pursue health care and other science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers in Los Angeles and Orange counties. The AHEC acts as the entry point for all workforce pipelines and community recruitment for AltaMed and its CHC network, providing opportunities such as student internships and clinical placements from high school to graduate level.

Photo 2The East LA AHEC assists in incumbent worker training to AltaMed’s 3,000 employee workforce, providing curriculum development and competency based training to assist in employee retention. With collaborative partners such as the Los Angeles City and Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board, the East LA AHEC aligns Workforce Investment Act funding to support WIA participants into vocational training allied health programs. Through these partnerships, and the support of its Advisory Board school entity members, the East LA AHEC offers Medical Assistant Training to eligible participants that prepare them to work in underserved communities. In partnership with the Unidos US, the AHEC provides disadvantaged youth with health career pipeline services through its Escalera Program in the Los Angeles area that offers health career information, internships and strategies to navigate the college admittance process. The Program partners with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to provide college and career preparatory services in and after school at various high schools.

For more information, please contact the Center Director – Anabel Arroyo.

Click here to view the East Los Angeles AHEC Brochure.