About Us


The MISSION of the Hawaii/Pacific Basin AHEC is to improve the health of the underserved through education. There are four main activity areas: Educating and recruiting students to health professions from K-12 schools. Educating health professions students in the rural and underserved communities of Hawaii, often in multiprofessional teams. Recruiting health care professionals to rural and underserved areas and providing continuing education. Providing community based and community driven education for all underserved groups in Hawaii. Important areas of concentration are improving video teleconferencing capabilities as well as telemedicine and telehealth utilization, and performing health and health workforce needs assessments.


The GOAL of the HPB AHEC is facilitate access to an abundant supply of knowledgeable and culturally competent providers through training and recruitment partnerships that will improve the diversity, distribution and quality of the health professions workforce. AHECs provide accredited, high quality continuing education offerings and professional support to meet the needs of health care professionals, especially those practicing in underserved areas. These programs are designed to enhance clinical skills and help maintain professional certifications. Programs also focus on recruitment, placement and retention activities to address community and state health care workforce needs.


Grants and contracts revived by the Hawaiʻi/Pacific Basin AHEC for assessing and developing the local health workforce pipeline:

Hawaii State Loan Repayment Program Grant A grant designed to help improve access to health care in underserved communities of Hawaii by increasuing the number of primary care providers working in Health Professions Shortage Areas (HPSAs)This grants will provide incentives to 12 MD, DO, NP, or PA primary care providers to work in HPSAs


Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) This National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award provides $1,310,000 over five years for AHEC to work with the Hawaiʻi Department of Education, American Samoa, Palau and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, researchers, educators and the local science center (Bishop Museum) to create an inquiry based middle school science curriculum that will incorporate hands-on activities, electronic and face to face researcher field trips to classes and career awareness.


Current Projects: Take a look at what we've been working on over the past year, here.