About Us

What is an Area Health Education Center (AHEC)?

An Area Health Education Center is a resource for students and other career seekers interested in health careers and for communities and providers who want to improve the health of their communities.

Desert Mountain AHEC is located in El Paso, Texas and is part of West Texas AHEC located in Lubbock, Texas. Our center serves six counties: El Paso, Hudspeth, Culberson, Jeff Davis, Presidio and Brewster.

Desert Mountain AHEC location map outlining the West Texas region, highlighting El Paso.

Desert Mountain AHEC helps prospective students explores the health care field through a variety of activities and organizations designed to increase knowledge of an interest in the medical field.

Our Mission

To improve the health care industry by leading the nation in the recruitment, training and retention of a diverse health care workforce for undeserved communities.

Our Goals

  • Increase the number of students who choose to enter health care careers.

  • Provide students of the health professions with real-life experiences in community and rural settings.

  • Increase career satisfaction among health care professionals by providing technical assistance and free or low-cost continuing education opportunities.

  • Promote healthy living.

For more information about Desert Mountain AHEC, please contact us at dmahecelp@ttuhsc.edu.