Central Louisiana Area Health Education Center is a local non-profit, community based agency that works with a volunteer advisory board of local health care professionals, community leaders, educators and citizens. We offer a variety of education based services to meet the needs of health care providers and consumers in the 17-parish region that we serve. 

Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) are special cooperative efforts among health career educators, community hospitals, health professionals, and local citizens. The AHEC concept was developed in the 70's to address the growing shortage of health care workers. Today, a network of AHECs work throughout Louisiana and across the nation to:

  • Address shortages of health professionals in under-served and rural areas;
  • Provide community-based services that assist practicing health professionals - doctors, dentists, nurses and other providers - to further develop and maintain their skills;
  • Encourage students, especially minorities or under-represented groups, to pursue health professions.

Central LA AHEC's main office is located on the campus of NSU Cenla in Alexandria, LA with an additional office on the campus of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University in Baton Rouge, LA.