Suwannee River Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

Connecting students to health careers, professionals to communities, and communities to better health.

Healthy Connections. As your professional and community resource agency, Suwannee River Area Health Education Center, Inc. (AHEC) wants to provide you with the skills and resources you need to live and work healthy. With connections at the local, state, and national levels, we have an extensive network of individual experts and organizations passionate about improving health. As a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with 20 years of health education experience in north-central Florida, Suwannee River AHEC enjoys a reputation for innovation and top performance in our field. Just ask one of our many community partners who remain connected to us year after year, and they will tell you that Suwannee River AHEC is their professional and community resource agency for health. When you work with Suwannee River AHEC, you will receive the highest quality product, service and attention to detail possible on every project. So, scroll through our website. Check out your knowledge on tobacco, evaluation planning or other health issues. Then let us assist you with your program, training or project development needs. We excel in multiple areas, including: - Health professions student training opportunities; - Full service conference and association management; - Continuing education for multiple health disciplines; - Continuing medical education for physicians, including performance improvement activities; - Program development, grant writing and evaluation services; - Community and workplace tobacco cessation; - Tobacco cessation training for health care providers; and - Recruiting and mentoring bright and talented youth to develop leadership skills and an interest in pursuing a health professional career.

Mission: To promote and provide health care services to rural and underserved communities via partnerships that foster a culture of innovation, enthusiasm and caring for our partners and ourselves. Serving Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Marion, Putnam, Suwannee, and Union counties in North Central Florida.

Mission: To promote and provide Healthy Connections for health professionals, community members, businesses and health professional students. We are ‘Your Professional and Community Resource Agency’.

Slideshow: What Your Tongue Says About Your Health

Do you know what your tongue says about your health? Do you see bumps, patches or spots? Learn more about what is on your tongue: Colors, spots, patches, and lumps can all give you clues about your health. Find out from WebMD what your tongue is telling you.

Are you ready to Quit Your Way? Check out our new virtual tobacco cessation groups. See below for upcoming dates and times.

Call 866-341-2730 to register!

Covering Florida Navigators are available to speak with you about a 60-day special enrollment period for the Exchange (Obamacare) plans for those who lost their job-related health insurance coverage. See flyer for more information.

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Got bad breath? Want to learn how to change your breath from bad to good? Learn what causes bad breath and what you can do. Find out what causes bad breath, and how to prevent the embarrassment of halitosis.

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Check out the great things that Alachua County Health Promotion and Wellness Coalition are doing for youth in Alachua County. There are fun and educational programs for children and parents. Their main goal is to raise awareness of substance abuse issues and implement health promotional activities.

Rural EMS Leadership Educational Series Training, June 3rd, 10th and 17th. Register:
See flyer for more information.

Free Walk-In Covid testing in Bradford and Union Counties. Bradford County, Tuesday, May 26th, 5pm - 7pm. Union County, Thursday, May 28th, 5pm - 7pm.

National Smile Month

Celebrate National Smile month from May 18th to June 8th. Make taking care of your teeth fun and achieve good physical and mental well-being by improving your oral health. National Smile Month is the largest and longest-running campaign to promote good oral health. Join us in educating, motivating and communicating positive oral health messages.

Florida Department of Health in Gilchrist County is conducting Covid-19 testing next week. See the flyer for more information.

Are you ready to Quit Your Way? Check out our new virtual tobacco cessation groups. See below for upcoming dates and times.

Call 866-341-2730 to register!

Healthy Start of North Central Florida Survey

Partnership for Strong Families is asking: “If you know anyone that is pregnant or have been pregnant in the last two years, and live in Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Marion, Putnam, Suwannee or Union County, please ask them to take our 1-minute survey in order to help improve birth outcomes in our communities!” Take this survey powered by Create your own surveys for free.

Did you know that diabetes can harm your teeth? Treatment of gum disease in people with type 2 diabetes can lower blood sugar over time. Learn more:

No Menthol Sunday is May 17th, a national observance day led by NAATPN, Inc. Tobacco is still the number one killer of African Americans, and people of faith can play a major role in changing this. Not only do we take this day to encourage congregations and communities to support one another in escaping tobacco addiction, but we also aim to highlight the role of menthol and flavors in particular. Learn more:

The Florida Department of Health in Dixie County is providing testing for COVID-19. There will now be drive thru testing. Please find the attached flyer for more information. You can call 352-498-1360 option 3 if you have any questions.

National Women's Health Week

National Women's Health Week is May 10th - 16th. Women need to remember to make health a priority and build lifelong healthy habits. Check out our blog: Got your daily exercise yet? Are you making healthier food options? How about getting enough sleep? Well it’s not too late to start today! This year, we celebrate National Women’s Health Week to remind women all around the world to make health a priority and build lifelong healthy habits. Women ...

Healthy Start of North Central Florida Survey

Healthy Start of North Central Florida wants to hear from you! We believe every baby deserves a Healthy Start which is why we are gathering feedback through a short survey in an effort to improve outcomes. If you are a woman who is currently pregnant or has been pregnant in the last two years and/or you are a caregiver of a child, 2 years old or younger, we'd like to hear from you! Take this survey powered by Create your own surveys for free.

Oral Care Tips for Older Adults

Oral Health For Seniors, do you know why dental care is important? What happens to your teeth as you age? Find out more Thanks to advances in modern dentistry, more widespread oral care education, and the availability of better oral care tools,… Read more at

Suwannee River AHEC and QuitDoc Foundation are privileged to bring you the 12th Annual Rural Tobacco Summit Week of Webinars, May 18th - 22nd. Please join us each day at 10am for presentations on the latest emerging tobacco issues facing our youth, policy makers and medical professionals. Register :

Alachua County

IMPORTANT TESTING UPDATE: The Alachua County Health Department is offering COVID-19 testing to Alachua County residents, regardless of symptoms. Residents who want a COVID-19 test are asked to call (352) 334-8810 for an appointment. A referral from a doctor is not required. If your insurance covers this, it will be billed and no copay is required. If not, it is free. We expect an initial surge of calls. You may have to call back.

Clarification: The new expanded testing capacity of the local Department of Health is not an Antibody Test. Please do not call to inquire about that as it is tying up the phone line. We want people who wish to be tested to get through to set up an appointment.

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Bradford Community Coalition, Baker Prevention Coalition and Meridian presents: Webinar Wednesday, every Wednesday in May will be a different topic including Human Trafficking, Gateway Drugs, Alcohol Literacy and Taking Care of Yourself. All webinars are through Zoom, see flyer below for more info.

Today, May 6th in Gainesville beginning at 1pm, food, clothing, toiletry and naloxone pick-up. See flyer!

Hamilton and Columbia counties drive-thru testing sites. No signs or symptoms needed to be tested, no appointment needed, bring valid ID and remain in your vehicle. See dates and locations.

Join The Fight Against E-Cigarettes | Tobacco Free Florida

May 4th-10th is Tobacco Free Florida Week, and Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida is launching a new initiative.They are aiming to encourage communities to take action to fight the youth E-cigarette epidemic. Learn how to get involved: Although the increase in youth e-cigarette use rates have slowed down, 25.6% of high schoolers and 9.1% of middle schoolers are still using e-cigarettes. Progress has been made, but the stakes are sti

Are you ready to Quit Your Way? Check out our new virtual tobacco cessation groups. See below for upcoming dates and times.
Call 866-341-2730 to register!

Disparities in Oral Health | Division of Oral Health | CDC

Oral health disparities are still extensive in the United States. They happen among racial and ethnic groups, age and geographic location. Visit to learn more and see how Healthy People 2020 is working to eliminate these disparities. Oral health disparities are profound in the United States. Despite major improvements in oral health for the population as a whole, oral health disparities exist for many racial and ethnic groups, by socioeconomic status, gender, age and geographic location

#VaccinesWorkforAll - World Immunization Week 2020

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Join UF IFAS Extension in a 10-week physical activity program to promote physical wellness and learn about nutrition, disease prevention and mental wellness.

UF/IFAS Extension Columbia County assistance programs during Covid-19.

The Florida Department of Health has created a resource page with helpful information on Covid-19 and outreach materials. Learn more here:

How to spot mouth cancer

Do you know how to spot mouth cancer, what to look for? Check out this article and video on what to expect during a mouth cancer check. How much do you know about the signs and symptoms of mouth cancer? By being Mouthaware you can make a difference in the fight against mouth cancer.

Our in-person tobacco cessation groups have been moved to virtual through Zoom.- See below for upcoming groups and call to pre-register at: 866-341-2730.

Tobacco Use and Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) | Tobacco Free Florida

Learn about the impact of smoking to people who become infected with COVID-19. Recent news stories have discussed the potential connection between smoking and e-cigarette use and COVID-19. The scientific and medical community is just beginning to understand COVID-19 and the health implications of smoking or e-cigarette use. We do know that COVID-19 patients who smoke might be....

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2020 Census | United States Census Bureau

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