Who We Are
Big Bend Area Health Education Centers (BBAHEC) connects students to careers, professionals to communities and communities to better health. We inspire, train, recruit, and retain a diverse and broad range of health professionals to practice in communities where the need is greatest.
BBAHEC is a not-for-profit organization affiliated with the University of Florida AHEC Program. BBAHEC was established in 1995 and serves Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Washington, & Wakulla counties.
BBAHEC is part of a larger, statewide network, the Florida AHEC Network, which includes five AHEC Programs at each of the state’s five medical schools and 10 centers covering all 67 counties of the state. We are also an active member of the National AHEC Organization, which supports 56 AHEC programs with more than 235 centers that operate in almost every state and the District of Columbia.
Since 2007, BBAHEC has been providing tobacco training and cessation programs. Please visit the Tobacco Program section of our website for more information on our tobacco training programs for health profession students and health care providers, and our free tobacco cessation classes offered in the community, clinical and workplace settings throughout our service area.
Closing the Gap Grant Program
Big Bend AHEC’s Closing the Gap Program employs Community Health Workers (CHWs) in Jefferson, Madison, and Taylor Counties, who provide free biometric screenings to African American residents in these counties. This program provides free blood pressure, BMI, cholesterol, hemoglobin A1c tests, and free health-coaching as a part of this program.