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

Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center (ENAHEC) transforms and creates a diverse health workforce by educating, exposing, and connecting future and current health professionals to underserved and underrepresented communities in Erie and Niagara counties.

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Our Vision

Erie Niagara AHEC envisions a community in which all members receive quality, equitable healthcare from providers who look like them.

Meet the Team

Erie Niagara AHEC's Staff

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Danise C. Wilson, MPH

Executive Director



Danise C. Wilson, MPH is a lifelong resident of Buffalo, NY and has committed the last 20 years to the enhancement and enrichment of her community through outreach and mentorship. Mrs. Wilson is a graduate of the Buffalo Public School system, Daemen College, and the University at Buffalo, Masters of Public Health degree program. She brings to this position experience in human resource management, organizational leadership, community engagement and program management.

As the mother of five children in the Buffalo Public and Charter School systems, she is personally invested in promoting the advancement of health outcomes and quality education in Western New York. Mrs. Wilson is also a passionate activist, serving as a community volunteer and helping to enhance the overall well-being of youth in her community.

As the Executive Director, she wants to encourage and provide an opportunity for individuals in Erie and Niagara counties to pursue health careers, and come back to serve in the communities where they are from. Prepare, Groom and Grow our Own!

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Mignon Otis

Office Administrator



Brittany Mitchell, LMSW

Program Manager


Olabowale Olola "Ola"

Program Specialist


Board of Directors


Walter B. Holland, Jr., DDS

Board Chair

Rachael H. Nees, MBA

Vice Chair

Lauren A Clay, PhD, MPH


Bryan M. Cacciotti, AICP, MUP



Corinne E. Abrams, MPH

Samuel Borbor-Sawyer

Mattie L. Rhodes, PhD, RN

Charles Walker

Amy White-Storfer, MBA, PMP

Leishia Smallwood, MPA


We Need Your Support Today!

Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center 

For more information, please contact us!

Email: info@erieniagaraahec.org

Phone: 716.835.9358

Address: 77 Goodell St, Suite 460, Buffalo, NY 14203

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