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Mountain AHEC

MOUNTAIN AHEC at a glance

Located in the mountains of Western North Carolina, MAHEC is a national leader in innovative team-based primary care, medical education, and rural health workforce development. MAHEC’s main campus in Asheville, NC is home to primary care practices, graduate medical education programs, continuing professional development programs, a state-of-the-art medical simulation center, and UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC, an academic health center that promotes interprofessional education and practice through programs affiliated with the University of North Carolina’s top-ranked schools of medicine, public health, pharmacy, and dentistry.


MAHEC provides and supports educational activities and services in the western part of the state with a focus on primary care in rural communities and those with less access to resources to recruit, train, and retain the workforce needed to create a healthy North Carolina.

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MAHEC serves patients, healthcare professionals, learners, and community partners throughout a 16-county region in Western North Carolina. Counties served are Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey.


MAHEC employs more than 950 faculty and staff members at its patient care practices, academic health center, and rural and hospital-based residency and fellowship programs. View MAHEC locations.


MAHEC operates patient care offices and residency programs in dentistry, family medicine, general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pharmacy, psychiatry, and transitional year. MAHEC’s fellowship programs include addiction medicine, maternal fetal medicine, psychiatry, rural medicine, sports medicine, and surgical critical care.

Other core services include:
Continuing Professional Development,
Health Careers Pipeline Programs,
AHEC Scholars,
Student Services,
Practice Consulting,
Library Services, and

UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC programs:

School of Medicine Asheville Campus
Master of Public Health Program (UNC Gillings School – UNC Asheville)
Adams Rural Oral Health and Wellness Scholars (School of Dentistry)

Distinctive MAHEC programs include the Center for Health Aging, Centering Pregnancy, Certified Community Behavioral Health Center, Project CARA, Minority Medical Mentoring Program, Post-Acute COVID-19 Care Clinic, Project ECHO virtual case-based learning, Project PROMISE (rural health careers programming), rural health workforce initiatives, a state-of-the-art medical simulation center, and statewide initiatives to expand access to substance use disorder treatment.


Mountain Area Health Education Center, Inc. (MAHEC) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. MAHEC’s board of directors, comprised of community leaders and representatives from across Western North Carolina, guides the strategic growth and direction of the organization.

William Hathaway, MD, MAHEC CEO
Dan Frayne, MD, MAHEC President
Francisco Castelblanco, RN, DNP, AHEC Director; Chair, Department of Continuing Professional Development at UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC
Zach Levin, CPA, MAHEC Chief Financial Officer
Felicia Hipp, RN, MSN, MAHEC Chief of Clinical Operations

Steve Buie, MD, Chair, MAHEC Department of Psychiatry
Beth Buys, MD, Chair, MAHEC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Stephanie Call, MD, Chair, MAHEC Department of Internal Medicine
Blake Fagan, MD, Chair, MAHEC Department of Family Medicine
Bryan Hodge, DO, Chair, Department of Community and Population Public Health at UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC
Katherine Jowers, DDS, Chair, MAHEC Department of Oral Health and Dentistry
Amy Joy Lanou, PhD, Director, Public Health Program at UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC; Executive Director, North Carolina Center for Health and Wellness at UNC Asheville
Robyn Latessa, MD, Director and Assistant Dean, UNC School of Medicine, Asheville Campus; Interim Chair, Department of Research at UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC
Mollie Scott, PharmD, Regional Associate Dean, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy; Chair, Department of Pharmacotherapy at UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC


Address: 121 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC 28803
Phone: 828-257-4400



Continuing Professional Development @MAHECEd
Graduate Medical Education @MAHECGME
Health Careers @mahechealthcareers
Family Health Centers @MAHECFamilyHealthCenters
Dental Health Centers @MAHECDental
Ob/Gyn Specialists @MAHECObGyn

Instagram @mahecwnc and @wncpromise

Twitter @MAHECwnc and @MahecResearch



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Northwest AHEC

NORTHWEST AHEC at a glance

Northwest AHEC provides accredited health education and training activities across the continuum of education—high school, post-secondary school, graduate/professional school, and continuing education to health professionals.


The Northwest AHEC of Wake Forest School of Medicine and part of the North Carolina AHEC Program provides and supports educational activities and services with a focus on primary care in rural communities and those with less access to resources to recruit, train, and retain the workforce needed to create a healthy North Carolina.

Northwest AHEC's service area
Northwest AHEC’s service area includes 17 counties.

Northwest AHEC’s service area encompasses 17 counties in Northwest North Carolina: Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Iredell, Rowan, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yadkin.


In order to allow easy access to services over a large geographic area, Northwest AHEC utilizes a sub-regional base at community hospital, Watauga Medical Center (part of the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System) in Boone, North Carolina. This regional facility houses library collections, staff, and classroom space for continuing education and other activities.

Northwest AHEC facilities
Northwest AHEC facilities at McCreary Tower in Winston-Salem, NC.

Northwest AHEC’s core services and distinctive programs include:

Health Careers and Workforce Diversity: Camp Meds, Brenner Fit® (Families in Training Culinary Camp)
Student and Preceptor Support
Graduate Management Education and Patient Services: The Community Plunge, Share the Health Fair
Continuing Professional Development: The Clinical Teaching Associate (CTA) Program, Community Health Partnerships’ Program, Counseling for Change: An Online Tobacco Smoking Cessation Course, Perinatal Post, and the North Carolina Annual STD Update
Practice Support Services
Library Services
Instructional Technology Services


Northwest AHEC is formally part of and reports to the dean of the Wake Forest School of Medicine. Northwest AHEC remains a formal public-private partnership between the deans of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and Wake Forest School of Medicine. Wake Forest School of Medicine is part of the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, which is governed by a full Board of Trustees.

Michael Lischke, EdD, MPH, Richard Janeway, MD, Distinguished Director, Northwest AHEC
Reed Burger, MBA, CHFP, Assistant Director, Finance and Administration
Nedra Edwards Hines, MHA, CDP, Assistant Director, Continuing Professional Development
Christopher Jones, DrPH, MHA, Assistant Director, Quality and Informatic


Mailing Address: Wake Forest School of Medicine, Medical Center Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1060
Physical Address: McCreary Tower at BB&T Field, 3rd Floor, 475 Deacon Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC 27105
Phone: 336-713-7700


Twitter: | @NorthwestAHEC
Instagram:| @NorthwestAHEC

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