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Colorado Area Health Education Center, University of Colorado Denver
Program Areas

Area Health Education Center

Program Areas

Aurora LIGHTS  


Aurora LIGHTS has an extensive number of comprehensive programs that assist students from elementary through health professional schools to succeed in their education and achieve their goals of becoming future health professionals.

CREATE Health  

Colorado Collegiate Health Professions Development (CO-HPD)​

CO-HPD is a new program for Colorado undergraduate college students interested in health professional careers (medicine, physician assistantships, behavioral health, advanced practice nursing, dentistry, pharmacy and medical research).


Health Professions Workforce Initiative  

Health Professions Workforce Initiative

The Health Professions Workforce Initiative is a grant funded by The Colorado Trust. The Colorado AHECS and the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical CAmpus are working to encourage rural and underserved high school students to explore health profession careers. The AHECs are also administering a health care scholars program to graduate students in health professions education and training who opt to practice in rural or other underserved sites. Most significantly, this grant developed and continues to support a multidisciplinary curriculum and training program for rural track health professions students.



HPV Vaccine Awareness

HPV- You are the Key to Cancer Prevention-- HPV Vaccine protects against the types of HPV that most commonly cause cancer.  81% of new cervical cancers can be prevented by getting the Human Papillomavirus Vaccination. In both men and women, HPV can cause mouth/throat cancer (oropharyngeal), anal cancer and genital warts.  Healthy People 2020: goal is to have 80% HPV vaccine coverage for boys and girls 13-15 years.  You are the Key video​

Countering HPV Vaccination Opposition​ archived webinar, on demand

We hosted a Lunch and Learn event on Sept 29, on the AMC campus, ED2 South Room 1102.  Please check back for future events.

Interdisciplinary Training and Service  

Interdisciplinary Training and Service

Colorado is facing a shortage of medical professionals, especially in rural communities. The lack of rural healthcare causes some people to forgo preventive care and often immediate treatment for serious conditions. A program at the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus aims to be a solution to that shortage, and the program has expanded to include the Schools of Dental Medicine and Pharmacy, thanks to a $2.4 million grant from Kaiser Permanente Colorado.

Colorado Urban UNderserved Interprofessional Health Training & Education  


CU-UNITE i​s a new longitudinal track currently in development for students at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, College of Nursing nurse practitioner program and the physician assistant program.


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