Northwest AHEC

Nothwest AHEC

Serving Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Iredell, Rowan, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yadkin counties.


Health Careers and Workforce Diversity Coordinator
Northwest AHEC
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Medical Center Blvd.
Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1060
336-713-7714 (fax) 336-713-7701

Featured programs and activities:

Project SEARCH (Student Education, Awareness, and Recruitment for Careers in Health)

This program is designed to recruit, educate, prepare and enhance the academic qualifications of rising eighth grade students for careers in the health professions.  Students will spend one week in residence on the campus of Wake Forest University and will have daily exposure to the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Activities include health career presentations, tours, and observations.

Camp MED

Camp MED is a one-week day camp is designed to recruit, educate, and prepare high school students in grades 9-12 in the NW AHEC 17-county region for careers in the health professions. Activities include presentations, tours/observations and clinical experiences.


“Project SEARCH was a definitive influence on my professional career path during the formative stages of my progression through my high school and undergraduate career. It provided me with a valuable hands-on, interactive experience through a general overview of the varied positions within the medical profession. Having the opportunity to see how physicians and other medical staff members simply helped patients in need of their assistance has helped to guide me towards a career in clinical neuropsychology, with similar goals of helping young children, adolescents, and their families understand how various aspects of their brain’s functioning affects their learning and development. Overall, I would say that Project SEARCH and the North Carolina AHEC Program are valuable resources to offer to promising high school students who are the future of the health services professions.”

- Northwest AHEC program participant

Many students who have participated in Northwest AHEC programs have gone on to attend colleges and universities including:

  • Appalachian State University
  • Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
  • Belmont Abbey College
  • Blue Ridge Community College • Boston University
  • Campbell University
  • Capella University
  • Carolinas College of Health Sciences
  • Central Carolina Community College
  • Cleveland Community College
  • Denison University
  • Durham Technical Community College
  • East Carolina University
  • East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine
  • Elizabeth City State University
  • Emory University
  • Furman University
  • Gardner-Webb University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Howard University College of Medicine
  • Johnston Community College
  • Kaplan University
  • Meredith College
  • Morehouse College
  • New York University
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Pfeiffer University
  • Saint Augustine’s College
  • Saint Louis University School of Medicine
  • Stanford University
  • Tennessee State University
  • The Citadel
  • Three Rivers Community College
  • Tri-County Community College
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Illinois at Urbana
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  • University of Phoenix
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of South Carolina Upstate
  • Vance-Granville Community College
  • Virginia Military Institute
  • Virginia State University
  • Wake Forest University
  • Wake Technical Community College
  • Western Carolina University
  • Wilson Community College
  • Winston-Salem State University

Partners in the Northwest AHEC region include:

  • Alexander County Schools
  • Davis Regional Medical Center
  • Alleghany County Schools
  • Alleghany Memorial Hospital
  • Ashe County Schools
  • Ashe Memorial Hospital
  • Avery County Schools
  • Cannon Memorial Hospital
  • Burke County Public Schools
  • Blue Ridge Healthcare System
  • Caldwell County Schools
  • Caldwell Memorial Hospital
  • Newton Conover Schools
  • Frye Regional Medical Center
  • Davidson County Schools
  • Davidson County Community College
  • Lexington Memorial Hospital
  • CFNC
  • Davie County Schools
  • Davie County Hospital
  • Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
  • Novant-Forsyth Medical Center
  • Mooresville Graded Schools
  • Iredell/Statesville Schools
  • Lake Norman Regional Medical Center
  • Rowan Salisbury School System
  • Rowan Regional Medical Center
  • Surry County Schools
  • Stokes County Schools
  • Yadkin County Schools
  • Northern Hospital
  • Wilkes County Schools
  • Wilkes Regional Medical
  • Watauga Medical Center
  • Wilkes Community College
  • Watauga County Schools