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. This is accomplished through partnerships with community and academic institutions.
Working in partnership with community organizations, academic institutions, health providers, and government agencies, NEI-AHEC promotes health career opportunities to students from underprivileged and underrepresented backgrounds. NEI-AHEC programs not only encourage students and health professionals to work in health professions shortage areas (HPSAs), but they also enhance the knowledge and skills of a diverse workforce of health professionals currently working throughout northeast Indiana.
The Northeast Indiana Area Health Education Center is operated by the Ball State University College of Health and serves a 17-county region including Adams, Allen, Blackford, DeKalb, Delaware, Elkhart, Grant, Huntington, Jay, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Randolph, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley Counties.
Questions? Call us at 765-285-5681 or send us an email.
Anthony D. Mahon, PhD
Principal Investigator and Associate Dean of the College of Health
Health Professions Building (HB), Room 214
Ball State University
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Dr. Justin Tobyas, Director
Justin is a certified athletic trainer and Project Lead The Way Biomedical Sciences Teacher with over 16 years of clinical experience. He graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training. He attended graduate school at Ball State University where he completed a Master of Arts degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology in 2007 and earned a doctorate degree in Adult, Community, and Higher Education in 2020.
Ms. Valeri Caldwell, Assistant Director of Post-Secondary Education
Valeri graduated from Utah Valley University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health and completed a Master of Arts degree at Ball State University in Business, Education & Marketing in 2019. She is a certified health education specialist (CHES), a trained Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) instructor, and manages the AHEC Scholars Fellowship.
Ms. Kimberly DeOrto, Assistant Director of Outreach and Secondary Education
Kim is a licensed dental hygienist with a combined twenty-three years of experience as a clinician and health professions educator. An Indiana University alumnus, she earned undergraduate degrees in dental hygiene and public health in 1997 and 2007, and she earned a Master of Science in Adult Education degree in 2013. As part of the NEI-AHEC team, Kim works with regional middle and high school students to promote and prepare them for careers as healthcare practitioners. She also works to improve continuing education opportunities for practicing health professionals in northeast Indiana.