Southern Regional AHEC

Southern Regional AHEC

Serving Bladen, Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Moore, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, and Scotland counties.


Director of Health Careers and Workforce Diversity
Southern Regional AHEC
1601 Owen Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28304
910-678-7299 (fax) 910-678-0126

Featured programs and activities:

Project REACH (Reaching and Educating Adolescents in Careers in Health) Math and Science Camp

A one-week summer camp designed to introduce rising 7th and 8th grade students to careers in health in relation to math and science.  During the program students are introduced to environmental health, adolescent health, biotechnology, team building and leadership.

Health Academy Summer Experience

A one-week summer program for high school students who have an interest in health careers.  During the program students conduct health related scientific research, participate in health and leadership workshops, visit medical schools, and shadow health professionals at the local hospital.

Healthcare Education Leadership Program (HELP)

The goal of HELP is to raise students’ awareness and interest in health care by exposing them to various health care occupations, health care education programs, shadowing health care professionals, and field trips.

SAT Preparation Workshop

The workshop is designed to teach students how to take the SAT test.  Students will identify strategies to be utilized during the test.  They will review math, verbal reasoning, essay and reading sections and take a practice test.

The Health Careers Puppet Bunch

This 30-minute multimedia presentation has been designed to increase awareness about health careers and healthy behaviors in young learners (1st and 2nd graders). The program features The Health Careers Puppet Bunch, a set of eight puppets, in a puppet show and video. 

Teaching Excellence for a Career in Health

TEACH is a nine-month pre-professional health enrichment program for high school students in grades 9-12.  The ultimate goal of TEACH is to serve as a integral component in the North Carolina health education  pipeline and to make a significant impact on the number of underrepresented students entering health fields in the Southern Regional AHEC area.


Ailiya Webb“Southern Regional AHEC had the biggest impact in my life overall and I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to attend their programs such as SEMS, Future Leaders in Healthcare, and the list goes on. One aspect that SR-AHEC excelled in is that they incorporated learning and fun. These programs helped enhance my desire to pursue a career in the health field. From the lectures to the hands-on procedures that were offered, I feel each encounter brought me one step closer to my successful career as a dental assistant.”

Ailiya Webb, dental assistant

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

  • East Carolina University
  • Fayetteville State University
  • Fayetteville Technical Community College
  • High Point University
  • Howard University College of Medicine
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Richmond Community College
  • Robeson Community College
  • Sandhills Community College
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • University of Pittsburgh


Partners in the Southern Regional AHEC region include:

  • Cumberland County Schools
  • Fayetteville State University
  • Fayetteville State University Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness (GEAR UP) Program
  • University of North Carolina at Pembroke Health Careers Access Program