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):

Matt Hess  

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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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Colorado AHEC murals project logo

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.

To learn more download the MURALS Overview. To propose a mural download the MURALS Request For Proposals rev. 3.24.2021

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.

Opioid Use Disorder Community Health Workers Training Logo

HOPE logo

July 12 to 16, 2021, from 1:00 to 5:00 each day

What is the Health Occupations Promoting Equity (H.O.P.E.) Institute?    

A FREE weeklong program for high school students interested in health care careers.

Presented by the COAHEC statewide office located on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (AMC).

Hosted by each of Colorado’s 6 regional AHECs.

For rising Juniors and Seniors.

The H.O.PE. Institute will include:

Anatomy in Clay® learning system hands-on workshop.

Faculty, staff, and students from a variety of schools and programs at AMC.

Health care teamwork case study simulations by AMC’s world-class Center for Advancing Professional Excellence.

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

The About Us Page has a map and links to identify and contact your regional AHEC!

If you have questions or need contact information for your local AHEC center, please contact:


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.