Announcement: AHEC changing to the Child and Family Research Unit

We are pleased to announce that the Area Health Education Center will become the Child and Family Research Unit (CAFRU) at Washington State University effective September 1, 2015. Click here to read more about this change and what it means for our work.

Our Mission

Our mission is to promote health and wellness for underserved and at-risk populations through research, education, and community development.

Our Focus

Traumatic stress is commonly recognized as a public health crisis, resulting in negative health, social, and emotional outcomes throughout a person’s life. By recognizing trauma as a common problem and responding early to the needs of individuals and communities with trauma histories, we strive to create robust, responsive, compassionate systems which lead to virtuous cycles of repair.

Our News

Find up-to-date information on CAFRU news, events, and other happenings by visiting our News and Events page.




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