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March 9, 2023

Cone Health and N.C. A&T sign Memorandum of Understanding

The two organizations committed to further expanding opportunities for students pursuing healthcare careers.

GREENSBORO—Last week, Cone Health CEO Mary Jo Cagle, MD, and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Chancellor Harold L. Martin, Sr., PhD, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), strengthening the already-existing partnership between the two organizations as they work to expand opportunities for students interested in pursuing healthcare careers.

Terry Lynn, Director of Medical Education at Cone Health and Interim Director of Piedmont AHEC, served on the planning committee for the March 2 event and co-facilitated a small group discussion about experiential learning opportunities with Dinitra White, PhD, Associate Professor, Biology, N.C. A&T, who co-directs Piedmont AHEC’s Pre-Professional Scholars Summer Experience (PPSSE).

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Piedmont AHEC’s Patricia Parrish, MS, CHC, CDP Health Careers & Workforce Diversity, joined Dr. White and N.C. A&T’s Tanya Malloy, PhD, Associate Professor, Chemistry, in presenting an overview of clinical training programs and the Piedmont AHEC Scholars Program.

Participants also heard a series of lightning talks from Stephanie Teixeira-Poit, PhD, Associate Professor, Sociology, N.C. A&T; Monica Schmidt, MT(ASCP), MPH, PhD, Executive Director of Health Economics, Cone Health; Marc Cook, PhD, Associate Professor, Kinesiology, N.C. A&T; and Olu Jegede, MD, Vice President of Health Equity, Cone Health.

Quite a few Piedmont AHEC Scholars from N.C. A&T attended the event and the small group session, offering their insights into how to enhance experiential learning opportunities. The other two small group discussions focused on strategic workforce development and on research collaborations and community engagement.

Piedmont AHEC looks forward to the many educational opportunities that will grow out of the continued—and now strengthened—partnership between these two institutions.

Read more about the past and future of the partnership between Cone Health and N.C. A&T here:

For more information about Piedmont AHEC Graduate Medical Education Support, please contact Terry Lynn at

For more information about the Piedmont AHEC Scholars Program—which is now recruiting for Cohort 6—or about the Piedmont AHEC Pre-Professional Scholars Summer Experience, please contact Patricia Parrish at

February 1, 2023

Piedmont AHEC: Greensboro AHEC has a new name

The new name better reflects the geographic region that the organization has long served.

GREENSBORO — Greensboro Area Health Education Center has changed its name to be inclusive of the many communities within the eight-county region it serves. The new name is Piedmont Area Health Education Center, inspired by its location within the Piedmont area of North Carolina.

Although Piedmont AHEC’s office is in Greensboro, its service area includes Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Guilford, Montgomery, Orange, Randolph, and Rockingham counties.

Piedmont AHEC will continue to provide and support educational activities and services with a focus on primary care in rural communities and those with less access to resources, as it has done for close to 50 years.

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“We are excited about the name change to Piedmont AHEC because it reflects our ongoing commitment to the eight-county region we serve,” said Terry Lynn, Interim Director. “We’ve been working to recruit, train, and retain the healthcare workforce in this region for nearly half a century, and our new name better identifies who we are and whom we serve.”

“We’re proud that our program serves all 100 of North Carolina’s counties, and it’s important that our regional AHECs’ identities reflect that reach,” added Hugh Tilson, Director of NC AHEC. “The Greensboro metro area is not the only community that Piedmont AHEC serves. The name Piedmont AHEC better reflects all the communities that this regional office has served since 1974.”

The new name will also better align with the naming conventions used by other regional health education centers in the NC AHEC Program. “We have adopted a statewide branding approach that ties all of our AHECs together,” said Tilson. “Adopting the name Piedmont AHEC while implementing the new branding approach demonstrates an intentionality to continue to serve the entire region as part of a coordinated effort to achieve our statewide vision.”

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PLEASE NOTE: Greensboro AHEC is now known as Piedmont AHEC. The organization’s name changed on February 1, 2023.

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