Meet, Denise Kornegay, Director, Georgia Statewide AHEC Program

Presented by the NAO membership committee

How long have you been an NAO member?
Since the beginning of NAO in 1997

What membership benefits do you value and why?
Communications about what is going on in other states, networking, data analytics.

What is your organization’s vision/mission? 
 Support the recruitment, education, training and retention of a diverse health professions workforce throughout Georgia.

How is your program/center achieving your mission? (What type of programs do you have that you’d like others to know about?)

Expose students to health careers and develop intent to pursue post-secondary education in primary healthcare professions. (#s from FY 19) 


  • facilitated 4,507 total student rotations
  • served 2,450 students
  • provided 722,563 clinical training hours
  • 1,364 preceptors; 121 Georgia counties have preceptors training students in community based clinical training sites.
  • 2,857 Rotations in Primary Care Setting; 1,650 Rotations in Non-Primary Care Setting
  • Supported Travel and Housing for 3,024 rotations
  • PRECEPTOR TAX INCENTIVE PROGRAM (PTIP)- The AHEC Program Office certifies tax credits to non-compensated community based physicians, APRNs, and PAs who precept medical, APRN, and/or PA students from eligible Georgia programs; details can be found here.
  • AHEC Scholars:  Our 2 year syllabus is housed in Google Classroom, with each of our 6 centers having flexibility on when their region begins each year.  Special highlights include achievement of Mental Health First Aid Certification during the behavioral health integration module for all AHEC Scholars. 


  • 5,040 continuing education participants; 1,624 participants indicated hours were necessary to meet clinical licensure requirements
  • Provided 39,629 CME/CEU credit hours
  • Mental Health First Aid:  Have trained 15 instructors to date to lead training programs across the state, targeting health professions students, health professions faculty, and clinical training sites.  State appropriations were secured to expand this effort to train an additional 16 instructors and expand our training capacity.  Our goal is to train +/- 600 of our target audience as certified Mental Health First Aiders each year.
  • 414 AHEC supported health professions students completed their educational programs and returned to practice within the supporting AHEC region this year.

Is your region primarily designated as frontier, rural, urban, or metro? 
We are primarily a rural state, but do have urban areas like Atlanta, so we have a bit of everything except frontier.

What else would you like to share with NAO membership about yourself or your organization? 
It is an honor and a pleasure to work with my colleagues.  They ensure that our communities inform and direct our programs to meet regional and local needs.  We have passion, innovation, and a drive to make a difference where we live.  AHEC reflects the belief that individuals can make a difference, and that the sum is greater than the whole when we truly work together to create change.  I am blessed to receive so much inspiration from exceptional AHEC leaders and board members across our state.

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