The AHEC Scholars Program is an interdisciplinary education and training program with curricula focused on rural and/or underserved
AHEC Scholars is an interdisciplinary program focused on preparing health professions students to serve rural and urban underserved populations. AHEC Scholars is a two-year commitment. (Students in programs one year or shorter may complete a one-year option.) AHEC Scholars commit to a minimum of 40 hours per year of team-based training in a rural or underserved environment (that may be a part of their current required curriculum) and an additional 40 hours per year of didactic education focused on the 6 core topic areas. Find your local AHEC and apply by clicking "Regional Center Contacts and Applications" below to join fellow health care students committed to the vision of every person in Colorado having the opportunity to attain their full and best health.
Below is a video describing the program.
• Practice Transformation
• Interprofessional Education
• Practice Transformation
• Social Determinants of Health
• Cultural Competency
• Current and Emerging Topics
|You are eligible to apply if you are enrolled in one of the following programs:|
|Associate Degree in Nursing|
|Associate of Applied Sciences in Emergency Medical Services|
|Associate of Applied Sciences in Medical Assistant|
|Associates of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene|
|Associates of Applied Science in Integrated Health Professions (Holistic Health)|
|Associates of Applied Science in Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)|
|Associates of Applied Sciences in Dental Assistant|
|Associates of Applied Sciences in Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)|
|Associates of Applied Sciences in Medical Laboratory Technician|
|Associates of Applied Sciences in Paramedics|
|Associates of Applied Sciences in Physical Therapy Assistant|
|Associates of Applied Sciences in Radiology Technician (RTA)|
|Associates of Applied Sciences in Respiratory Care|
|Associates of Applied Sciences in Surgical Technician|
|Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training|
|Bachelor of Science in Dietetics|
|Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Health Promotions, Recreation|
|Bachelor of Science in Nursing|
|Bachelor of Science in Nutrition|
|Certificate in Dental Assisting|
|Certificate in Nurse Assisting / Nurse Aid Certificate (CNA)|
|Certificate in Practical Nursing / Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)|
|Certificate in Practical Nursing in Addiction Counseling|
|Certificate in Phlebotomy|
|Doctor of Dental Medicine|
|Doctor of Medicine|
|Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine|
|Doctor of Pharmacy|
|Doctor of Physical Therapy|
|Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling|
|Master of Physician Assistant Studies (PA)|
|Master of Public Health|
|Master of Science in Dietetics|
|Master of Science in Exercise Science|
|Master of Social Work|
Colorado AHEC (COAHEC) envisions a series of health-themed murals painted by local artists. These murals will communicate health messages in culturally resonant ways to communities throughout Colorado. By commissioning local artists to create informative and beautiful artwork on large structures such as on the sides of buildings, silos, barns, or on free-standing walls built for this purpose, we believe that we will be able to enhance the existing community health efforts utilizing authentic community engagement. (See definition of “authentic community engagement” in the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment Office of Health Equity guide to Authentic Community Engagement to Advance Equity.)
The dovetailing between art and medicine is well established and respected among medical communities as well as social communities. It speaks to traditions of healing that are embedded deeply in unique cultures and helps western medicine and cultural healing to not only co-exist but become one. Historically, artists of various cultures have expressed health-related topics in traditional mural work. Yet, there exists only a small body of research on the efficacy of health-related murals created locally and attending to culture in improving health. There is, however, more research that supports the use of billboards for community health messages that motivate behavior change. To this end, COAHEC believes that locally sourced and culturally relevant murals are an effective medium to develop community engagement with emerging health care issues. The goal is to have murals created by the hands and the imagination of artists reflecting their own community values in images with the purpose of evoking an emotional connection within the community. Murals also have the potential to be valued as a public asset, as opposed to the perceived nuisance of billboards. Moreover, murals are more permanent fixtures in contrast to the temporary and commercial nature of billboards.
A free, online, self-paced training for those working on the front lines of the opioid crisis.
Trainees will gain knowledge in treatment, recovery, harm reduction, and conducting outreach programs in their communities. In its entirety, this course will take about nine hours to complete.
WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?
2.1 million Americans have Rx related opioid use disorder.
Misuse starts at home, nearly 80% of heroin users report misusing a prescription opioid prior to trying heroin.
WHO CAN TAKE THIS COURSE?
Anyone who is working in their community to improve health. For example, Community Health Worker, peer navigator, nurse, etc. You may be a librarian, bus driver or a neighbor who wants to help those with whom you come in contact. Create a new account and start and stop whenever you need.
Already Registered? Refer to the email you received upon registration for the link to the course at the Patient navigator training site.
Colorado AHEC staff are designing online or hybrid opportunities for the summer of 2021. We will be sharing more info including how to sign up by the end of the spring semester.
The cadaver lab experience is on hold as we have decided to make curricular changes to the program. We are updating the program to align with the current COAHEC mission and vision. We will post here when we find out when we will be able to host groups on campus again.