About Us

The Western Regional Area Health Education Center and other regional partners, will play an integral role in teaching and training the next generation of health professionals along with the College of Health and Human Services at Western Michigan University. The center is housed in Grand Rapids, Michigan, through Extended University Programs.

The Area Health Education Center program was developed by Congress in 1971 to recruit, train and retain the healthcare workforce committed to underserved populations. 

Michigan is covered by five regional centers: 

Who we serve

Implemented in 2013, the Western Regional Center serves nineteen counties in Western Michigan:  Mason, Lake, Oceana, Newaygo, Muskegon, Ottawa, Kent, Allegan, Barry, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Jackson, Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph, Branch, Hillsdale and Lenawee.