The mission of
Centennial Area Health Education Center
is to positively impact health outcomes in Northeast Colorado by connecting existing and future health professionals and communities with resources and education.
The primary goal of the Colorado Area Health Education Center’s Program is to work to build state-wide network capacity and strengthen academic-community linkages in four core mission areas:
Health Education and Collaboration
Workforce Shortages and Diversity
Centennial Area Health Education Center (CAHEC) has been serving Northeastern Colorado since 1977.
CAHEC works in partnership with schools on health career pipeline programs, leading to career opportunities and success. CAHEC hosted one of the first Regional Health Connectors in the state and has since collaborated in educational and healthcare outreach.
With healthcare and community agencies in the region, we leverage partnerships to develop strategies to address the healthcare gaps and needs in the region.
What is an AHEC?
The U.S. Congress created the National Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) programs in 1971 as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Today, this network of health-related institutions provides multidisciplinary educational services to students, faculty and local practitioners, ultimately improving the quality and delivery of healthcare in medically underserved areas throughout the U.S. See the National AHEC Annual snapshot to learn about our collective impact.
The AHECs were created to link the resources of university health science centers with local planning, educational and clinical resources.
Learn more about what AHECs do.
The Colorado AHEC Program Office is under the leadership of the Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. There are six regional AHEC offices that serve as liaisons between the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and local communities (see map to the right).