Practice Transformation

Interprofessional Education

Practice Transformation

Social Determinants of Health

Cultural Competency

Current and Emerging Topics

  • Opioid Epidemic: Colorado's response
  • Marijuana: the pharmacology, physical, mental, financial, and social
  • Oral Health: access to and integration
  • Mental Health: Access to care
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Health Effects of Oil and Gas Production
  • COVID-19
  • Networking with health care students who share a vision of every person in Colorado having the opportunity to attain their full and best health. 
  • Learning alongside health care students from many disciplines and regions of Colorado.
  • Preparing to join healthcare teams and be a part of these efforts from day one.
  • Gaining knowledge about health care practice transformation efforts currently being implemented by clinics and health systems. 
  • Adding to your resume or CV.
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

Centennial AHEC (Kit Carson, Larimer, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld and Yuma counties): 

Erika Greenberg  

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(Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Elbert, El Paso, Gilpin and Jefferson counties):

Berhe Godlo   

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San Luis Valley AHEC (Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache counties): 

Nakayla Werner

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Southeastern AHEC (Baca, Bent, Chaffee, Cheyenne, Crowley, Custer, Fremont, Huerfano, Kiowa, Lake, Las Animas, Otero, Park, Prowers, Pueblo and Teller counties): 

Shanae Gutierrez

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Southwestern AHEC (Archuleta, Dolores, Hinsdale, La Plata, Montezuma, Ouray, San Juan, and San Miguel counties):

Heather Sorensen

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Western AHEC (Delta, Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Gunnison, Jackson, Mesa, Moffat, Montrose, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt and Summit counties):

Shauna Heathco

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Opioid Use Disorder Community Health Worker Training

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.


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.​


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.

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2021-2022 Schedule


6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

(topics are flexible)



Monday Oct. 18,  2021   Epidemiology

Monday Nov. 15 , 2021   Opioid Epidemic

Monday Jan. 17, 2022    Nutrition

Monday Feb. 21, 2022    Mental Health

Monday Mar. 21, 2022    Health Equity

Monday Apr. 18, 2022    Community Health



Colorado Area Health Education Center (COAHEC)


Health Occupations Promoting Equity (H.O.P.E.)

 - A health career exploration program for high school students.

We especially encourage students from rural or other backgrounds underrepresented in medicine to apply for this program!


Complete these sessions to increase your chance of acceptance into COAHEC’s H.O.P.E. Institute (camp) from July 10 to 16, 2022 at CU Colorado Springs and the CU Anschutz Medical Campus!


To register, find your region on the map below and then click on the registration link that corresponds with your region.

Contact Matthew Hess of COAHEC at



H.O.P.E. Institute July 10-16, 2022.

H.O.P.E. Institute will be held on the CU Boulder and CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Students will stay in dorms at the CU Boulder campus and travel to the CU Anschutz Medical Campus for three days of programming. H.O.P.E. Institute will take place July 10-16 and will include: the Anatomy in Clay® learning system; hands-on workshops; presentations from faculty, staff, and students, from a variety of schools and programs at AMC; a cadaver lab experience; and tours of the CU Anschutz and Boulder campuses.

Registration is closed for 2022.  Please check back for next year's HOPE program.

AHEC cadaver lab experience

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.