AHECs are administered by the U. S. Health Resources and Services Administration Bureau of Health Professions. The AHEC network was developed by the U.S. Congress in 1971 in response to the Carnegie Report on the workforce, which found severe shortages of health professionals existing nationwide. Today, 56 AHEC programs with more than 235 centers operate in almost every state and the District of Columbia. The purpose of the national AHEC program is to recruit, train and retain a health professions workforce committed to underserved populations. The following SWLAHEC departments and programs work toward the core AHEC purpose.