The mission of
 Centennial Area Health Education Center
is to address health workforce shortages and health disparities in the CAHEC region, through education and collaboration. 

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

  • Health Disparities

  • Wellbeing

Centennial Area Health Education Center (CAHEC) has been serving Northeastern Colorado since 1977. Our goal is to support the creation and sustainability of a qualified healthcare workforce in rural counties. CAHEC works in partnership with schools on 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).

  • The AHECs were created to link the resources of university health science centers with local planning, educational and clinical resources.

  • 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.

  • This network was established by Dr. Richard Krugman in 1977. Today, 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.

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