The Southwest Border Area Health Education Center (AHEC), formerly known as the Winter Garden Border AHEC, was established in 1993 under the auspices of United Medical Centers, a Federally Qualified Community Health Center. In 2006, the AHEC moved its offices to Del Rio, Texas but returned to Eagle Pass in 2007 under the sponsorship of Maverick County Hospital District. On September 01, 2009 it became its own 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation. So as to mirror its location and target population, the AHEC changed its name to Southwest Border AHEC. The Southwest Border AHEC focuses on providing clinical and educational opportunities for health professionals and students, establishing community health education programs and promoting health careers.
To improve the quality of health care by addressing the shortage of health care professionals through the recruitment and retention of health care professionals and the promotion of healthy lifestyle practices based on the needs of the communities.
The Southwest Border area lies in the Southwest region of Texas along the Rio Grande River which separates Texas from Mexico. Southwest Border AHEC serves seven counties:
|On The Texas Mexico
||In The Texas Hill Country
||In The “Winter Garden"
The Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas is also included in the catchment area. All counties are medically underserved communities. Six of the seven counties are designated as Health Professional Shortage Areas. Southwest Border AHEC has its office in Eagle Pass, the county seat of Maverick County, one of the poorest counties in the state. There are three acute care regional medical centers in the Southwest Border area. Residents of the remaining four counties have to travel 15-40 miles to receive acute care/emergency services. Primary care services are available to all the counties from three major federally qualified community health centers within these areas. Health care issues specific to the Texas-Mexico border include poverty, high diabetes mortality, high incidence of tuberculosis and cancer to name a few.
- Southwest Border AHEC
- UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
- 1000 Crown Ridge Blvd. Suite G
- Eagle Pass, Texas 78852
- Phone: (830) 758-11114
- Fax: (830) 758-7646
Rebecca, Rios, RN, BSN
Rosa Elvira Martínez, BBA
Administrative Assistant I/Housing Coordinator