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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 has expanded by the federal government and university to be the outreach arm of academia. The scope of this relationship has increased to include preceptor development.  The success of our mission is dependent on the communities we serve.​

This biennial conference provides preceptor development and continuing education credits and to network with health professions partners.   The NEAR conference will now rotate around the state of Colorado in rural, urban and medically underserved areas to enhance partnerships among providers of those rural and medically underserved areas.  Our next NEAR conference is September 25-27, 2020. 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

For 2020 and beyond 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.        


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