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Erie Niagara AHEC is dedicated to creating a diverse healthcare workforce and well-informed community. Our educational programs address community health issues such as maternal health, opioid use, and health literacy. By joining forces with health professionals, high schools, universities, and students, we aim to expand the pipeline of student to professional networks within the Buffalo-Niagara region.

Erie Niagara AHEC offers educational programs to high school and college students that develop skills and encourage entry into healthcare professions. Additional programs include continuing education and training programs for current health professionals. Erie Niagara AHEC also provides community education events on important health topics including health literacy, opioid use, and maternal health. Our programs offer something for everyone!

"I believe that this program is sculpting me to be the type of health professional I want to become. It has given me real-world experience in engaging patients and how to go about providing effective intervention."

Kofi, AHEC Scholar

Our Mission

We empower solutions to achieve healthcare

equity in our community. 

Our Mission

Our Vision

We envision a community where all members receive quality, equitable healthcare. 

Our Values

Community – We believe in creating community by providing safe and welcoming spaces for the people we serve to have a voice, create connections, and feel supported. 

Quality – We embrace a commitment to quality that ensures our programs and services have a meaningful impact on the people we serve.   

Diversity – We strive to model diversity within our organization and to be intentional in ensuring the healthcare workforce represents the community it serves.  

Equity –  We understand and respect that individual lived experiences create different needs and seek to create equity by developing pathways to meet those needs.  


Collaboration – We believe that improving health equity is a collaborative and reciprocal effort to develop solutions that raise all boats – for the people we serve, our partners, and the community. 

Our Mission

Meet the Team


Brittany Tranello, MSW

Executive Director


Ondalee Horton

Program Manager


Sydney Littlejohn, MPH

Operations and Programs Administrator


Morgan Edwards, BS

Program Specialist -

Collegiate Pipeline


Madeline Ackley, MPH

Birth Equity Project Manager


Kalia McCray, MPH

Birth Equity Project Manager

Board of Directors


Walter B. Holland, Jr., DDS

Board Chair

Charles Walker


Bryan M. Cacciotti, AICP, MUP



Corinne E. Abrams, MPH

Laura Berrady, MBA

Louis Dangelo, MCHES

Rachel Ersing, DC, MBA, MAOL, LMT

Tameka Felts, BSN, MBA

Alexcia Harrod, MPA

Tara Jefferson, RN, BS, MBA

Mattie L. Rhodes, PhD, RN

Leishia Smallwood, MPAAdvisor

We Need Your Support Today!

Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center 

For more information, please contact us!


Phone: 716.835.9358

Address: 100 Leroy Avenue, Suite 250, Buffalo, NY 14214

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