Center for Health Impact, formerly known as Central Massachusetts Area Health Education Center, Inc., was founded in 1982 with the mission to enhance access to quality health care, promote workforce development, and eliminate health disparities.
Center for Health Impact Programs
Central Massachusetts Area Health Education Center(CMAHEC) has been a part of the MassAHEC Network, a program of UMass Medical School, since 1982. AHEC, which stands for Area Health Education Center, is a federally funded program. The mission of the MassAHEC Network is to reduce health disparities across the Commonwealth by enhancing the skills and increasing the diversity of the health care workforce and facilitating access to culturally and linguistically responsive health care services.
The Outreach Worker Training Institute(OWTI) is a career-focused, college supported educational pipeline for Community Health Workers (CHWs) and other frontline professionals. The OWTI addresses the community’s need for CHWs’ professional preparedness by offering certificate courses tailored to public health workers employed in health and social service agencies.
The Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers(MACHW) was founded in 2000 as a Community Health Worker-led and -driven statewide professional organization. In November 2014, after years in a close working partnership built on a common commitment to support and advocacy for CHWs, Center for Health Impact and MACHW merged.