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The mission of the Brooklyn- Queens-Long Island Area Health Education Center (BQLI-AHEC) is to improve health care outcomes in underserved areas through the development of education, mentoring and training programs to increase the pool of skilled providers that will service underserved communities. • BQLI-AHEC encourages local youth from underrepresented and disadvantaged minority backgrounds to pursue health careers through the development of mentorship, training and workforce opportunities. • BQLI-AHEC builds and fosters collaborative partnerships with community based organizations, hospitals and schools. • BQLI-AHEC develops a network of health and education resources to foster collaboration, share information and promote health professions education to the targeted communities. • BQLI-AHEC participates in joint advocacy efforts to increase the number of skilled health professionals in underserved communities with the goal of improving health care outcomes.
The Brooklyn-Queens-Long Island Area Health Education Center (BQLI-AHEC) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization established in August 2003. The Center is one of three New York Metropolitan Region AHECs that were developed to address the health workforce issues in underserved communities. By providing services to four counties (Kings, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk) BQLI-AHEC target area is one of the largest regions in the New York State. Nine communities within this catchment area have been designated as Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. These areas include: Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, Coney Island, East New York, Bushwick and Williamsburg in Brooklyn; South Jamaica and Far Rockaway in Queens; North Valley Stream, Elmont, Hempstead, Roosevelt and Freeport in Long Island.
The Executive Director and Board of Directors provide leadership to the AHEC. The Board of Directors is comprised of professionals from community health centers, education institutions, hospitals, businesses and community-based organizations. BQLI-AHEC receives federal and state funding through the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) and New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH).