AHEC Northeast receives $1 million endowment

Jonesboro, AR (KAIT) – The Judd Hill Foundation announced Monday it is giving a $1 million endowment to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' Area Health Education Center (AHEC) in Jonesboro.  Interest from the endowment will be used to support AHEC's recruitment of students into health care fields and other education programs in Northeast Arkansas.

Gibson said the AHEC's mission fits perfectly with that of the foundation trust and the vision of the late Esther Hill Chapin, who gave her entire estate to the Judd Hill Foundation Trust when she died in 1991.

"Esther Chapin, having lived in a rural area, was keenly aware of the great need for rural health care," Gibson said. "And one of the purposes of the Judd Hill Foundation Trust has been to promote health and to enhance the delivery of health care services to the residents of Arkansas."

This endowment is the largest gift any of the eight AHEC offices have received to date.  Other AHEC sites are in Batesville/Mountain Home, El Dorado, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Helena-West Helena, Pine Bluff and Texarkana.

About the Judd Hill Foundation:

The Judd Hill Foundation was created by Esther Chapin in 1985. The principal asset of her estate when she died was the 4,000 acre Judd Hill Plantation near Trumann, which was given to her by her father – Judd Hill – as a wedding gift. The farm now produces about 3,800 acres of cotton, corn and soybeans annually.

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