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UofL centers have economic impact in excess of $5.7 million
Date:1/11/2012

LOUISVILLE, Ky. During 2010-2011, University of Louisville Health Sciences Center faculty and students made an economic impact of more than $5.7 million in the four regions of Kentucky served by UofL Area Health Education Centers.

Specifically, AHEC faculty from UofL provided donated services valued at $5,606,599 while their students spent a total of $108,103 in living and travel expenses in the four regions. These regions encompass 56 counties that make up the western half of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky Medical Center oversees AHEC programs in eastern Kentucky.

The AHEC program works to improve the recruitment, distribution and retention of health care professionals, particularly in primary care, in medically underserved areas throughout the commonwealth.

"The AHEC program demonstrates on multiple levels how UofL is working with local communities to improve the lives of the people within the commonwealth," said UofL President James Ramsey. "We partner with local organizations to provide the people necessary to meet today's health care needs of underserved areas, while training future health care providers so they remain in these areas. At the same time, the financial impact of these partnerships cannot be underestimated."

"We believe the economic impact in each county we serve is an extra benefit in the return on the investment into the AHEC program," Dr. V. Faye Jones, AHEC program director and assistant dean of academic affairs at UofL's School of Medicine, said. "The primary benefit of the program is found in the services and activities AHEC provides; the corresponding dollar value of these services gives us another way to measure the full scope of the good work AHEC is doing for the people of Kentucky."

Statewide, 108 of Kentucky's 120 counties are designated as federal Health Professional Shortage Areas by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Kentucky program addresses this need by pr
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Contact: Jill Scoggins
jill.scoggins@louisville.edu
502-852-7461
University of Louisville
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