Bacon: AHEC’s success reflects enduring power of partnerships

Read this article from the Gazette to learn more about Dr. Bacon's mission to serve rural and underserved communities in North Carolina.

Bacon: AHEC’s success reflects enduring power of partnerships click to enlarge Dr. Tom Bacon

It was nearly 40 years ago, but Tom Bacon still remembers the hour he spent sitting in Glenn Wilson’s office in MacNider Hall as if it were yesterday. Looking back, he sees it as the hour that changed his career trajectory.

It took place in 1974, roughly two years after the N.C. General Assembly awarded Carolina an $8.5 million grant to develop a statewide system of area health education centers – or what would come to be known as AHEC.

Wilson was its founding director; Bacon, at that time, a doctoral student in public health who wanted to learn what this new organization was all about.

Bacon remembers Wilson standing in front of a North Carolina map that filled almost the entire wall and pointing to nine dots that spanned Asheville to Fayetteville to Wilmington.

And from those dots, Bacon could see Wilson’s vision for training health professionals to meet the needs of rural and other underserved communities take shape.

The full article was posted by the University Gazette and can be read here.

Click here to read an article about Dr. Bacon's retirement. Dr. Bacon was previously planning to retire on Dec. 31, however he will stay on at UNC until his successor his on board.

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