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​The Boston Area Health Education Center (BAHEC) is a youth pathway to health careers program in the Division of Child and Adolescent Health at the Boston Public Health Commission. BAHEC is part of the Massachusetts Area Health Education Center (MassAHEC) Network, a statewide system to address health disparities with a focus on workforce development.

Teens in a lab 

Founded in 1978 and the first program of its kind in the city of Boston, BAHEC's mission is to increase racial, ethnic, and linguistic diversity among Boston's healthcare workforce by raising the proportion of youth from underserved populations who successfully pursue careers in health and public health. 

Teens performing CPR

BAHEC does this by developing, implementing, disseminating, and evaluating enrichment programs to middle and high school aged youth in Boston. Through its programming, BAHEC works to fulfill the Boston Public Health Commission's mission to "protect, preserve, and promote the health and well-being of all Boston residents, particularly the most vulnerable."

BAHEC teens

BAHEC accepts students entering the 9th to 12th grade. Students must reside in Boston to be eligible to apply for the program. Accepted students receive a stipend to participate in the program. The BAHEC program has 3 components: a summer enrichment program, an in-school academic year program, and an after-school academic year program.


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