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The Northeast Indiana Area Health Education Center (NEI-AHEC) is part of a state and nationwide network of programs working to enhance access to quality health care, particularly primary and preventive care, by improving the supply and distribution of health care professionals through community/academic educational partnerships.

Working in partnership with community organizations, academic institutions, health providers and government agencies, NEI-AHEC promotes health career opportunities to students and underrepresented minorities, encourages students and health professionals to work in areas with limited health care providers and enhances the knowledge and skills of a diverse workforce of health professionals throughout northeast Indiana.

The NEI-AHEC is hosted by Ball State University and serves a 17-county region: Adams, Allen, Blackford, DeKalb, Delaware, Elkhart, Grant, Huntington, Jay, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Randolph, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley.

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Contact

Questions?  Call us at 765-285-5681 or send us an email.

Tony MahonAnthony D. Mahon, PhD
Principal Investigator and Associate Dean of the College of Health
Applied Technology Building (AT), Room 101
Ball State University

765-285-5827
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Justin Tobyas

Mr. Justin Tobyas, Assistant Director, is a certified athletic trainer and Project Lead The Way Biomedical Sciences Teacher. He graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training and completed a Master of Arts degree at Ball State University in Sport and Exercise Psychology in 2007. He is currently enrolled in the Adult, Community, and Higher Education Doctoral program at Ball State University. As Assistant Director for Health Careers Promotion and Preparation at Ball State University, Justin recruits and trains students from rural, minority, and disadvantaged backgrounds into health careers by coordinating middle school and high school health career clubs and career exploration opportunities. He also supports youth health outreach efforts in the NEI-AHEC 17-county service area.

Valeri Caldwell

Ms. Valeri Caldwell, AHEC Scholars Program Manager, manages a fellowship program for college students in the Northeast Indiana region. AHEC Scholars aims to prepare students to enter the health professions workforce by teaching them the necessary skills that are needed as a healthcare provider. Valeri leads the students in online learning modules and coordinates community experiences in rural and medically underserved communities. She is also a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor and offers this to community members and students. Valeri graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health. She is currently enrolled in the Business, Education and Marketing Master’s program at Ball State University.