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Lower Rio Grande Valley AHEC

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Lower Rio Grande Valley AHEC


Established in 1990, the Lower Rio Grande Valley Area Health Education Center (LRGV AHEC) began as a health care training program for community health centers. The LRGV AHEC eventually provided the fundamental infrastructure for the development of a medical education component (in Harlingen), a research component (in Edinburg), and a public health component (in Brownsville), known today, as the Regional Academic Health Centers. The LRGV AHEC continues its pioneering forte with a plethora of educational programs aimed to ameliorate future and current health care professionals.



To establish a continuum of access to quality healthcare in the Lower Rio Grande Valley by cultivating and nurturing healthcare professionals through innovative academic and community educational partnerships.



The Lower Rio Grande Valley is a four-county region (Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy) that lies in the southernmost tip of South Texas along the northern bank of the Rio Grande River. It has a bilingual (Spanish and English) population estimated at over 1.2 million who have one of the highest high school dropout, poverty, and unemployment rates in the nation (US Census Bureau). In addition, the region is perpetually designated as Medically Underserved Area (MUA) and Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HRSA.


    Mailing Address:
  • Regional Academic Health Center 2.104
  • UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • Mail Code: 8052
  • 2102 Treasure Hills Blvd.
  • Harlingen, Texas 78550
    Phone Numbers:
  • Phone: (956) 365-8660 • Campus: 5-8660
  • Fax:    (956) 365-8723 • Campus: 5-8723

Armando Lopez, MPH

Janie Escareño
Administrative Assistant/Housing Coordinator