ECSU partners with Eastern Area Health Education Center to establish sub-center for
Linita Shannon June 03, 2015
Elizabeth City, NC- Elizabeth City State University has partnered with the Eastern
Area Health Education Center (EAHEC) to establish a sub-center for healthcare education.
The center will be based out of the Pharmacy/Health Services Building on the campus
of ECSU. The Eastern Area Health Education Center (EAHEC), which is based in Greenville,
NC, received a $700,000 grant from The Duke Endowment to fund the establishment.
EAHEC is a nonprofit organization serving the 23 northeastern counties of NC with
healthcare workforce development, professional education, and technical assistance
for healthcare transformation. Elizabeth City State University has a rigorous focus
on academic excellence through liberal arts programs and uses innovative and flexible
technology-based instruction models to enhance its signature areas: integrating technology
with education, improving human health and wellness, and advancing the natural and
aviation sciences. The sub-center's location on the campus of ECSU will allow for
more concentrated workforce efforts in the seven surrounding counties: Pasquotank,
Perquimans, Hertford, Gates, Chowan, Currituck, and Camden.
Dr. Stacey Franklin Jones, Chancellor of Elizabeth City State University, said, "We
are pleased to support and partner with EAHEC to meet our region's need for well-trained
healthcare professionals. Housing this initiative on our campus provides both an
excellent education and training environment for prospective and current healthcare
professionals, and lends to direct accessibility for the greater northeastern North
Carolina area. That's exciting."
Dr. Lorrie Basnight, Executive Director of Eastern AHEC, commented about receiving
the grant, "We are looking forward to working closely with Elizabeth City State University
to establish an Eastern AHEC office in the northeastern corner of North Carolina.
Having an office and staff in Elizabeth City will allow us to more readily serve the
area. We are particularly excited about supporting high school and college students
who might consider a career in the health professions and then return to their home
communities to practice. Our ultimate intention is to foster the health professions
for all of the seven counties in that region of the state. The Duke Endowment grant
is key to helping us realize this goal."
Based in Charlotte and established in 1924 by industrialist and philanthropist James
B. Duke, The Duke Endowment is a private foundation that strengthens communities in
North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating
minds and enriching spirits. Since its founding, it has distributed more than $3 billion
in grants. The Endowment shares a name with Duke University and Duke Energy, but all
are separate organizations.