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Community Health Worker Instructor Certification Training Underway

Tues/Thurs 12:30PM-3:30PM, Distance Learning

Community Health Worker / CHW Instructor Application for Certification Training

CHW / CHW Instructor Continuing Education Application

The 160-hour certification classes will be held online for 10 hours per week.

Texas AHEC East Coastal Region provides DSHS-approved certification and continuing education training for Community Health Workers (CHWs) and Community Health Worker Instructors. For more information on our CHW programs, courses, and initiatives, please visit our CHW section.

Fall 2013 Newsletter

AHEC Newsletters - Now Available Online

AHEC's newsletters are now available online!  To subscribe electronically, contact Isaac Mancillas at isaac.mancillas@txaheceast.org


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Summer Camp 2014 Applications Still Available

It's not too late to submit! The final application deadline is March 17. Don't miss out on this amazing educational opportunity.

Download the application HERE.

Download information on our summer camp here.


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Area High School Students Experience Health Careers Summer Camp 2013

Texas AHEC East  recently held its annual Health Careers Summer Camp at Lamar University in Beaumont.  This program is dedicated to students who have demonstrated an interest in health professions, as well as a commitment to completing their education.  In conjunction with community partners like Lamar University, Chambers Health, Beaumont Baptist Hospital, Shriners Hospital for Children, and St. Luke’s Heart Hospital, the camp provides job shadowing opportunities, hospital and university tours, and hands-on activities that provide hours of enrichment and learning.

AHEC would like to thank our community partners as well as the donors and sponsors that made this camp possible.  Special thanks to the Lamar University Department of Nursing for the volunteers and activities they set up for our camp.

We hope to keep expanding our camp to include students from all eight counties in our coverage area.  For more information about our Health Careers Summer Camp, please contact Isaac or Lucero at (409) 933-0021, or email us at isaac.mancillas@txaheceast.org.

              Texas AHEC East gathered for our annual staff retreat at Camp Allen, Texas. "Rising Together" was the theme of this year's meetup.


Spotlight: Community Health Workers of Texas

Interested in learning more about CHWs, or how to become one? Visit our CHW page here, as well as our main CHW website, CHWTexas.org.


Offfice & Staff Contact Information

Texas AHEC East Coastal Region
P.O. Box 2       808 Bayou Rd.
La Marque, TX 77568
(409) 933-0021        409) 933-3107 fax

Executive Director Leslie Hargrove, MCHES
Assistant Director Shontel Minor, MPH
Program Coordinators,Isaac Mancillas, Matt McDonald
Assistant Program Coordinator Lucero Salinas

Located in the heart of Galveston county, our office is centrally located in our region's service area.   Our staff can provide resources at our office to assist you from Monday through Friday, 8am - 5pm.

Welcome to the Texas AHEC East Coastal Region's Website

Located in La Marque, Texas, the Texas Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Coastal Region is a cooperative effort between The University of Texas Medical Branch and the Coastal AHEC, Inc.  AHEC works with Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Hardin, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, and Orange counties seeking to improve the health of our population, especially the underserved, by creating partnerships among community and academic organizations.  We link health care resources to build and strengthen community-based education programs.  A regional Governing Board of Directors guides the Coastal AHEC in it's mission.

Funding support for AHEC programs and centers combines federal, state, public, and/or private resources.

AHEC program areas include Health Careers Promotion (focusing on recruitment of potential students into healthcare professionals), Community-Based Education (getting students out to underserved communities to experience real-world primary care medicine), Community Health Literacy, and Community Health Systems (helping communities recognize their needs, goals, and strengths, and teach them how to help themselves).


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