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Colorado AHEC Program History

Colorado AHEC System History
Since its inception in 1977, the Colorado Area Health Education Centers have documented a solid and consistent record of growth and achievement.  The primary purpose of the program continues to be improving the supply, distribution, quality, and efficiency of health care personnel, and to encourage the decentralization of clinical education in health professions programs and schools.  The Colorado AHEC Program is a well-established community-academic partnership, with a stable core program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and six regional AHEC centers.
The mission of the Colorado AHEC Program is to address Colorado’s health and health workforce needs by providing education programs in cooperation with the state’s academic institutions, health care agencies, and other organizations committed to improving the health of the people of Colorado.
AHEC educational programs and information services are directed toward:
  • Improving the distribution and retention of health providers, especially those providing primary care and prevention services.
  • Increasing the representation of underrepresented and disadvantaged groups in all health disciplines.
  • Enhancing the quality of care and improving health outcomes.
  • Addressing the health care needs of underserved communities and populations.

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