Rappahannock Area Health Education Center (AHEC) at Rappahannock Community College (RCC)
Selected as a 2022 Health Quality Innovator of the Year

Award program recognizes RAHEC’s dedication to improving health in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.


December 12, 2022—Rappahannock Area Health Education Center (AHEC) at Rappahannock Community College (RCC) has been recognized as a Health Quality Innovator for 2022. The Health Quality Innovator Awards recognize and celebrate organizations that demonstrate successful, evidence-based approaches to quality improvement.  

Rappahannock Area Health Education Center’s (AHEC) mission is to recruit, train, and retain health professionals and build a pipeline for continuing education opportunities and is committed to connecting students to careers, professionals to communities, and communities to better health. Rappahannock AHEC was selected as a runner-up in the Population Health category to address unmet community health needs and bridge the gap to care access and education.

Rappahannock AHEC’s rural, underserved Virginia service area suffers from a shortage of clinicians and access to quality health services. Through local partnerships, Rappahannock AHEC provided education, training, and programs to students, practicing professionals, and community members. In addition, the team used virtual platforms and in-person meetings to provide education and improvement activities.

“We’re incredibly proud to be recognized as a Health Quality Innovator of the Year,” said Stacie Wind, Rappahannock AHEC program manager. “This is truly a collaborative effort among an incredible team of people working to improve the health of this community and to succeed in recruitment, training, and retention of a strong health workforce to meet the community needs.”

Rappahannock AHEC was recognized for launching initiatives to build a future workforce that ensures quality care. Rappahannock AHEC exposed more than 650 students to health careers and provided training and education for health profession students, equating to more than 1,375 experiential hours and more than 1,140 individuals participating in the center’s mental health support and resources. This award category recognizes organizations that work to improve the health of patients and communities through prevention, treatment, and improved access to care.

Learn more about the 2022 Health Quality Innovators of the Year.

About AHEC

Rappahannock Area Health Education Center (AHEC) serves Virginia’s Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula, Fredericksburg, and surrounding areas. The Rappahannock AHEC is dedicated to improving healthcare access, quality, and education. Through community-based interprofessional training programs, Rappahannock AHEC identifies, motivates, recruits, trains, and retains a healthcare workforce committed to underserved populations.

About HQI

Health Quality Innovators (HQI) is an independent, non-profit consulting organization that offers health care providers practical solutions backed by objectivity and expertise. They consult on complex government healthcare programs, implement change on the front lines of care and shine new light on improvement challenges. HQI serves as the Health Quality Innovation Network (HQIN), bringing together organizations and individuals who are making health care better for millions of Americans through funding provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Quality Improvement Organization Program. Members include hospitals, providers, community-based organizations, health care associations and families. www.hqi.solutions