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


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