CEAHEC: building  pathways for students to health care careers, professionals to communities, and communities to better health.

Cascades East Area Health Education Center serves Central and Southeastern Oregon, a territory of  over 37,000 sq. miles that includes Crook, Deschutes, Grant, Harney, Jefferson,  Klamath, and Lake counties plus the Warm Springs Community in Wasco County. Our Advisory Board has been selected from throughout the region to help steer the direction, programming, and policy actions CEAHEC undertakes.

Cascades East AHEC has been hosted by St. Charles Health System since 2000, a partnership that links the resources of two organizations with strong commitments to community health and health care access. The compatibility of the Cascades East AHEC mission and the the St. Charles Health System mission provide many opportunities to build synergistic programmatic initiatives to serve the health care providers and communities in the Cascades East AHEC region. An example of this collaboration is the ability of Cascades East AHEC to host or co-sponsor continuing education programs using the teleconferencing system that serves many of the rural communities in our AHEC region. The support we receive from St. Charles Health System (SCHS) allows our regional AHEC center to put more of our state and federal funding directly into programming and services such as our K-12 programs.

In April of 2014, the Interprofessional Education and Research (IPER) Center of Service was approved within SCHS. This new center of service combines Clinical Education, Continuing Medical Education (CME)/Library, Clerkship programs, the Research Department and CEAHEC, allowing the full integration of education and research.

We greatly appreciate our statewide partnership with OHSU and other regional AHEC centers across the state which often enable us to leverage our resources to impact more students, parents, teachers, and health professionals –thus impacting our ability to achieve and support changes needed in our local communities to impact access to health care and quality of health care available to us all.