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Health Professionals

Networking, Education, and Research Conference

Established in 1977 to recruit, retain and educate health care professionals in rural and medically underserved areas of the state, the Colorado Area Health Education Center system’s mandate is to be an outreach arm of academia, including preceptor development.  As such, we know the success of our mission is dependent on the communities we serve.​

This biennial conference provides preceptor development and an opportunity to network with health professional partners and receives continuing education credits.   The NEAR conference rotates around the state of Colorado in rural, urban and medically underserved areas to enhance partnerships among providers of those rural and medically underserved areas. 

 The NEAR conference is September 25-27, 2020.  The focus of this conference is medically underserved, in rural and urban environments.  It will be held at the CU South Denver Campus in Lone Tree, Colorado. The 2022 conference will be hosted in the Western Colorado AHEC region.​

Looking to the Future

The goals of this conference will be:
  • Goal 1: Improving quality and community health outcomes in rural and medically under-served Areas
  • Goal 2: Providing access to evidence-based health information, high quality continuing​education
  • Goal 3: Provide high quality continuing education and support for health providers serving in rural and medically underserved communities in Colorado. 

Announcing the COAHEC Biennial NEAR Conference (formerly ECER) Call for Poster Abstracts!!  

​We welcome posters from Professionals, Residents, and Students.    
Deadline to submit abstracts: June 30th, 2020 
The conference theme is healthcare in rural and urban medically underserved areas  

Suggested presentations may describe efforts at the local, regional, or national level. 

Presentation topics that fall outside of the areas outlined in, "NEAR Conference Poster Submission Information” but still align with the conference goals are welcome. 
Submit a poster abstract:   

Call For Posters​

For more information on eligibility or to submit a poster abstract, please go to the NEAR Conference Poster Submission Information​ 

For more information please contact:​ ​

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