Who We Are
The Southern Rhode Island Area Health Education Center (sriAHEC) is based in the College of Nursing (CON) in the University of Rhode Island – the state’s Land, Sea and Urban Grant public research University.
With over 16,000 graduate and undergraduate students, approximately 6,000 of whom are focused in the health professions — roughly 1,000 in nursing – URI serves as the pipeline for the largest sector of the nation’s health care workforce
(3.2 million nurses).
In 2009, sriAHEC, in partnership with the College of Nursing, launched the Pathways to Nursing program, which is at the forefront of promoting success for students of color and students who lack equitable access to education and health care.
SriAHEC is one of two AHECs in Rhode Island — the other is Northern RI AHEC (nriAHEC), a community-based, independent 501(c)3 located in Woonsocket. The Program Office at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University coordinates
the two Centers forming the Rhode Island AHEC network, which is part of the National AHEC Organization. All are dedicated to making health care equitable and accessible and to recruiting, training and retaining a diverse health-care work force that
addresses the needs of our increasingly diverse communities locally and nationwide.
Encourage historically underrepresented students of color and economically disadvantaged students in RI to enter into health-care careers;
Expand the supply of a high quality, culturally competent health-care workforce;
Provide training support to students as they progress through their academic careers; and
Collaborate with community partners to address health-care disparities, especially in the southern regions of RI.
What We Do
Promote interprofessional learning in order to improve health-care delivery to underserved populations throughout the State.
Support diversity, inclusion and cultural competency in the College of Nursing (CON) learning environment