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The Coastal Bend Health Education Center, established in 1999, serves a 19-county area spanning across the Coastal Bend with a special emphasis on the medically under-served and rural communities. The center maximizes state and local funds by collaborating with private organizations and sharing community resources. In delivering health education programs, the Coastal Bend Health Education Center has been successful in spreading programs and resources across the region by partnering with colleges, universities, hospital systems, community-based organizations, and local and state agencies. The institution's initiatives address recruitment into health careers, health education, and public health issues.