Northeast Illinois Area Health Education Center (AHEC) at NIU

About Northeast Illinois AHEC at NIU

Northern Illinois University is the newest host center of the Illinois Area Health Education Center (AHEC) network.

We know that our underserved rural and urban communities need health care providers who are attuned to their unique needs. Our programs and activities support underrepresented health care students who want to practice in underserved rural and urban areas in the northeast Illinois region. Our students benefit from learning from top-notch health professionals while providing needed services to communities experiencing shortages of health professionals.

Who We Serve

The Northeast Illinois AHEC serves the counties of DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Will, as well as the Cook County townships of Barrington, Berwyn, Cicero, Elk Grove, Evanston, Hanover, Leyden, Lyons, Maine, New Trier, Niles, Northfield, Norwood Park, Oak Park, Palatine, Proviso, River Forest, Riverside, Schaumburg, Stickney and Wheeling. For more information, contact

About Illinois AHEC

The Illinois AHEC Network works to improve the supply, distribution and quality of health care professionals in Illinois. We improve health care for the underserved by promoting health careers to students, enriching learning environments for current students and providing professional development opportunities. Our regional centers partner with universities and health care organizations, encouraging collaboration and advancing local solutions to health care problems. These activities support our overall goal of achieving an equitable distribution of health professionals and services throughout all Illinois communities and regions.

Contact Us

Have questions?

Email Giselle Hernandez Navarro, Ph.D., director of Northeast Illinois Area Health Education Center at

Northeast Illinois AHEC is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, the federal agency charged with training health professionals and improving health care for people who are geographically isolated, economically disadvantaged or medically vulnerable. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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