Northern Rhode Island AHEC 1 Cumberland St, Woonsocket, RI02895 Northern Rhode Island Area Health Education Center (NRI AHEC) works to increase accessibility to healthcare in…More underserved communities in Woonsocket and nearby Rhode Island towns. NRI AHEC is part of a larger federal program established in 1971 that aims to increase the supply, distribution, diversity and quality of health care professionals. By linking university health-science centers and community health-service systems, AHEC is building a healthcare workforce dedicated to medically disadvantaged populations. The Woonsocket location serves Northern Rhode Island and opened in 2006. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and works to recruit and train local students from disadvantaged populations and eliminate inequalities in healthcare.