Message from the Co-Principal Investigators

At Michigan AHEC it is our mission to recruit, train and retain a diverse healthcare workforce committed to primary care for underserved populations. In these uncertain times, it is even more important to support health care professionals and the critical work they are doing in our communities.

This special issue of our newsletter highlights the innovative ways Michigan AHEC is responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Just recently, Michigan AHEC received a $95,000 HRSA CARES Act grant to enhance the infrastructure of three FQHCs and an academic training program on best practices to prevent, prepare and respond in the delivery of telehealth services to limit the spread of COVID-19. Other examples of the way Michigan AHEC is rising to meet the challenges of this current situation include: adapting pipeline programs to an online format, offering much needed online continuing education programs for health professionals and pursuing online job shadowing opportunities.

As we move forward we will continue our efforts to innovate and find new ways to improve the knowledge, skills and retention of a diverse health professional workforce in Michigan. Below are some links to COVID-19 resources for your information. Please reach out to us if you need us by clicking on the "Contact Us" link below.


Dr. Tsveti Markova, MD, FAAFP
Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
DIO, Professor and Endowed Chair, Department of Family Medicine and Public
Health Sciences Wayne State University School of Medicine

Dr. Ramona Benkert, PhD, ANP-BC, FAANP
Associate Dean of Academic and Clinical Affairs
Wayne State University College of Nursing