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Sixteen Western North Carolina counties are considered primary care health professional shortage areas, meaning there are too few providers to meet the health care needs of the population. 

UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC is encouraging more health providers to practice in Western North Carolina by training health professionals and teaching students across the region. Doing so significantly improves the region’s economy and access to health care. Carolina has joined forces with UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC to construct a new academic health center building on MAHEC’s Biltmore campus in Asheville. 

The building brings together family medicine clinicians, pharmacists, public health professionals, researchers, residents, students, UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and community health partners. 

“The UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC building will be the hub for the regional campuses of the School of Medicine and School of Public Health,” said Jeff Heck, M.D., CEO of MAHEC. “This academic health center and our strong regional partnerships will serve as a national model for rural health care transformation.”

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