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Due to the shortage of minorities in the healthcare professions, Pee Dee Area Health Education Center (AHEC) offers a variety of activities for students in middle, high, and college who may be pursuing a career in the health professions. 

Pee Dee AHEC serves the following counties: Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter, and Williamsburg.

The Health Careers Program (HCP) works to increase the number of students entering the health professions in South Carolina. Emphasis is placed on underrepresented minority and disadvantaged students in order to address disparities in the health professions workforce.

The HCP is designed to develop academically proficient and self-confident future healthcare professionals. Specific goals are to:      


  1. Facilitate a coordinated, statewide approach for increasing the number and diversity of students entering the health professions pipeline in South Carolina.
  2. Identify additional resources to support student programs in the state.
  3. Develop an evidence-based healthcare student recruitment and retention plan of activities.  

A listing of a few of our activities and programs can be found in the Related Navigation column to the right of this page.

For more information, please contact:
Subira Smalls, MS
Health Careers Program Coordinator