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Colorado AHEC Programs

K-12 Grades
The Colorado AHEC Program office in cooperates with school districts to offer health career exploration programs for kindergarten through 8th grade statewide. 

Health career exploration programs available for grades 9th – 12th.

AHEC Career Exploration: 

FREE yearlong opportunity for 120 Colorado high-school students and their parents during the 2017-2018 school year (2 hours/month). After completing at least 7 of 8 meetings, students will attend a FREE week-long summer camp held at CU Denver & Anschutz campuses for hands-on experiences in healthcare careers. In addition, 60 current health profession students will volunteer as mentors to help shape Colorado’s future healthcare providers.

Hosted on the Anschutz Medical Campus:  Science Discovery One week Courses

Join us for 2020 Science Discovery at CU Anschutz – multiple weeks, open to rising 11th and 12th-grade students (must be at least 16 years old).   More information to come

Denver Metro Regional Science and Engineering Fair

The Cardel Homes Regional Science Fair (CHRSF) provides Denver area students the opportunity to display their science and engineering projects in an atmosphere of competition, creativity, and education. The 53rd Annual CHRSF is for students in grades six through 12 who are enrolled in a public, charter, private and parochial schools or are home-schooled within the fair’s territory. The Denver metropolitan regional territory includes the eight counties of Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson, Summit and parts of Grand. For all of these students, the CHRSF represents the culmination of months (in some cases, years) of hard work and dedication.

The Denver Metro Region is one of 13 International Science and Engineering Fair Regions in the state that feeds to the Colorado State Science Fair. is held at the University of Colorado Denver Campus. 

For more information, contact: 

Jennifer L. Hellier, PhD 

Director of the Denver Metro Regional Science and Engineering Fair


CU Pre-Health Day for High School Students

CU Pre-Health Day has been developed and created to provide pre-college, undergraduate and graduate-level students and pre-health advisors with information that can help ensure success in a health-related admissions process. By offering attendee’s access to admissions professionals and faculty, our Pre-Health Day event represents an exceptional opportunity for all prospective students with an interest in a health-related course of study. 

Our annual event will be held at the Anschutz Medical Campus on Saturday, September 21, 2019.  

Visit our website for the most up to date information: CU Pre-Health Day

boyinteractdhealth.jpgDiscover Health Project

The University of Colorado’s Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program Office, in collaboration with the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net), and CLACE present Discover Health/Descubre la Salud, a project funded by the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award. This traveling exhibition addresses the nation’s most serious public health issues, especially among underserved and rural populations (diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular health). It also encourages youth, especially those from at-risk communities to pursue careers in healthcare professions. The project engages students, families, and adults by using a strategic combination of interactive exhibits and activities in both English and Spanish presented at public libraries, community health festivals, and career events.  Click here for more information.


Obesity and Cadaver Lab Experience


The mission of Obesity and Cadaver Lab Experience is to encourage  students from all regions of the state to pursue a healthy lifestyle and to understand some of the unique challenges that those with obesity face.


  • To educate Colorado students on obesity and how it affects the human body, as well as the unique challenges that individuals with obesity face in the healthcare system.
  • To provide these students interested in a health career the opportunity to gain exposure to a cadaver lab and learn how to perform vitals.
Cadaver Experience

This is a 4-hour experience includes a one hour lecture on obesity and how excess fat affects the body. During the experience, high school students also get 3 hours of lab time where they rotate amongst 3 stations. These stations include: viewing a human cadaver, viewing pathological human organs, and learning how to perform vitals on each other. There is a per-student fee associated with this experience.​

If you are interested in bringing a group of students to the Cadaver Experience or in working at the lab to provide this experience, please contact:

Riannon Atwater

Program Assistant Cadaver Lab​​​

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