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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 that soon evolved into 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). Today, LRGV AHEC is a not-for-profit organization that continues its pioneering forte in congruence with its community’s assets among educational institutions, research development, and community engagement.



Engage the Rio Grande Valley Community to use evidence-based information to make informed health care decisions to improve health care delivery and dissemination. 



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.  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.


    Physical Address:
  • 108 North Jackson, Ste. 16
    Edinburg, Texas 78541
    Mailing Address:
  • PO Box 734086
  • Harlingen, Texas 78553

    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