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Investing in Rural Healthcare

In the 1960s, North Carolina faced a serious shortage of healthcare providers, particularly in rural areas. In the coming decades, North Carolina would make several investments in order to provide adequate healthcare for its residents. The Area Health Education Center program, the Brody School of Medicine, and the Office of Rural Health were all designed to address the needs of underserved residents in the state’s 100 counties, especially in rural areas.

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  • Asheville skyline, 1960s-1970s. Photograph by Hugh Morton, North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina Library at Chapel Hill
  • Boy sitting on a porch, Robeson County, North Carolina. North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library
  • Image from Chapel Hill News article announcing the federal grant that started AHEC in NC. Courtesy of North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Program
  • AHEC map. Courtesy of North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Program
  • AHEC staff travel across the state by airplane. North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library
  • Health Career Education - Reaching out to Excellent Students(H.E.R.O.E.S.) program sponsered by Charlotte AHEC, 2012. Courtesy of North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Program
  • Dr. Kahai of Oak Island Pediatrics with a young patient. Courtesy of North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Program
  • Student getting checked out at the Infirmary, July 1980. Item 0228084. Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • Aerial view of Brody medical school complex. ca 1991-1992. J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
  • Pam Shirley and Sally Shu, medical students in class. 1974. J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
  • James Holshouser. Item ua023 024 002 bx0020 010 003. Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • Jim Bernstein footage. Courtesy of UNC-TV

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