Staff

Kelly Cheek
Kelly Cheek  
Center Director
Office Phone: 325-672-0495

Terra New  
Operations Manager
AmeriCorps VISTA Supervisor
Office Phone: 325-672-0495

Jason Kelton  
Outreach Coordinator
Office Phone: 325-672-0495

Erin Alexander  
Community Based Education Coordinator
Office Phone: 325-672-0495


Big Country AHEC

3702 Loop 322
Abilene, TX 79602

Big Country AHEC (BCAHEC) is the Abilene regional office of the West Texas Area Health Education Center program. BCAHEC is locally hosted by the West Central Texas Council of Governments (COG). Ensuring a healthy Big Country region, BCAHEC is part of the COG’s Center for Community Health and Development.

Programs

The Center for Community Health and Development (CHAD)
To effectively administer the WCTCOG services that provide resources for community use in building and maintaining the health services needed by their citizens and resources those communities need to build and maintain the small business sector of the community’s economic structure as it provides for the general welfare of its citizens. CHAD will use three strategic avenues to carry out its purpose:

To serve as the Big Country regional division of the Texas Tech University’s Health Services Center West Texas Area Health Education Center (AHEC) through its programs to Introduce youth, K-12, to health careers, to support rural clinical training for students who are in the health professions, to provide practice support to existing health care professionals, and to promote healthy living;

To develop and administer WCTCOG initiatives with communities in support of the local human services programs that address the health, safety and general welfare needs of their citizens; and To link small businesses and local healthcare entities with financial support provided through State and Federal funding programs.

AmeriCorps VISTA Program
BCAHEC hosts the Healthy Future AmeriCorps VISTA program to maximize opportunities for collaboration and enhance services among healthcare and human service organizations here in the Big Country that address the social determinants of health.

Research and Planning
BCAHEC offers communities, clinics, and hospitals with community assessments, program evaluation, and data collection to help them better understand emerging health care trends, identify needs and gaps in services, strengths and resources as a source to guide planning and implementation efforts.