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We are proud to assist in the development of the health professions workforce in our region through education, training and public awareness.


Shelba Scheffner MPH,CHES

Executive Director ECPAAHEC







Teach Academy 2015

Teachers Exploring and

Advocating Careers in Health


July 29-31, 2015

Reading, PA

Are you looking for an Exciting, Fast-Paced, Interactive way to learn new ideas while earning:

PSNA Contact Hours

CHES Credits

Click here for more information about the 2015 Teach Academy!

Scholarships are available!

Click here for Scholarship Application





Medical Students

wanting to do a Clinical Rotation in the Eastcentral Region

After selecting or being assigned to the ECPA AHEC, you can

make initial contact via email eschaffer@ecpaahec.org. 

A student file will be started on you, but no placements will be arranged until Student Profiles are completed by you and your classmates and received at the ECPA AHEC office (via mail or scanned and emailed). 

...Learn more about Clinical Rotations


Recent Events:

ECPA AHEC Members receive YMHFA Instructor Certification in Denver through the National Council for Behavioral Health!






Funding for the Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center Program is provided by the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The Commonwealth's Medical Community and Communities at Large provide additional support.



Community Health Worker Training

Community Health Workers are trusted members of the community with a passion for helping others prevent or manage disease or other physical/behavioral health issues.  CHWs use intimate knowledge of their communities to help individuals overcome barriers to care such as those associated with language, culture, transportation, scheduling and finances. 

Eastcentral AHEC has been involved in the training of CHW's since 2009

With a flexible curriculum geared toward the needs of the local community and the training cohort

Click here for more information


St. Joseph Medical Center

Langan Allied Health Academy

Community Health Worker Training

ECPA AHEC has provided a 100 hour certificate program in the Berks County area in partnership with St. Joseph Medical Center’s Langan Allied Health Academy and the Literacy Council of Reading Berks .  Three classes have been held over the past year with students from various healthcare and social agencies participating. 

The next class will begin in the

Spring of 2015.

Additional Information

coming soon...


2015 Community Health Worker Summit

The Role of

Community Health Workers in Strengthening Health Status                               
May 5, 2015
Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
State College, PA

Save the Date!


"Tobacco Cessation Training"

Available for all HealthCare Professionals-

Physicians, Dentists, Nurse Practitionsrs, Physician Asistants, Pharmacists, Nurses, Dental Assistants, Psychologists, Social Workers and Allied Health Professionals

Learn how to do a brief Clinical Intervention or how to run an Intensive Treatment Program

... Learn More



Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Similar to traditional First Aid and CPR, Mental Health First Aid teaches individuals how to help youths experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis.

One half of all people who will ever experience a mental disorder do so before the age of 14. With YMHFA, learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a mental health challenge, as well as the action plan, ALGEE, to help direct youths to appropriate professional care. Anyone can take the course, but it extremely beneficial to those how have contact with youths (ages12-18).

Click here to learn more!

Questions? Contact Kat Werner at kwerner@ecpaahec.org


Healthy Smiles Happy Kids:

A project to provide dental services to eligible children in Carbon County





Eastcentral Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center

5662 Interchange Road Lehighton, PA 18235

Phone: 610.379.2001

Fax: 610.379.2005

Serving: Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton, & Schuylkill Counties