A task force on rural education, convened in 1987, and recommended the establishment of an AHEC system in Wisconsin. The recommendation of this task force was approved by the House of Delegates at their annual meeting in 1988. In a joint effort, the University of WI Medical School in Madison and the Medical College of WI in Milwaukee completed an AHEC planning agreement in May of 1990. As part of the planning process, a Statewide Program Advisory Committee (SPAC) was formed, which assured representation from a broad source of concerned professionals in the planning. Federal funding to establish an AHEC system in Wisconsin was awarded in April 1991, by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). These Federal Core AHEC funds supported the Wisconsin AHEC project from October 1991 through September 1999. It is now supported through an allocation in the State of Wisconsin budget, smaller federal and private foundation grants and membership and services fees, as well as the substantial contributions of its academic and community partners in developing and maintaining community training sites. In partnership with the UW Medical School (UWMS), the board of directors of Wisconsin AHEC provides oversight of statewide AHEC activities, including distribution of funds to the Centers. UWMS provides space and administrative staff for the Statewide AHEC Program Office on the UW-Madison campus.
Today NEWAHEC is one of seven AHEC programs in Wisconsin. www.wiahec.org