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Networking, Education, and Research Conference

Updated Information regarding the conference:

Colorado AHEC and our partners are excited to offer virtual sessions, starting this October 2020.  We are referring to this as NEAR Lite.    Check back as new sessions will continue to be offered throughout the year.  

Please join us at one of these virtual events:

Preceptor 101

Presented by CCNE

Live  5-1-hour sessions, presented weekly Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 am

October 22, 2020 - November 19, 2020

$25.00 nonrefundable fee

Adding Value to your Practice through Precepting, Jeremy A Long MD

 Precepting is a telehealth environment, Christina Olson, MD

Communication strategies, Susan Moyer RN, MS, CNSPH

Basic Evaluation and Feedback Skills, Marianne Horner, MS, RN, CNM

Makin Precepting easy with the use of powerful questions, Deborah Center Ph.D., MSN, RN, CNS, CTA-CC

Registration Link

CU School of Medicine Curriculum: Reform, Revision, Redesign

Presented by CU School of Medicine

1 hour recorded session, Available November 1, 2020, through March 1, 2021

Jennifer Adams, MD, FACP

Registration Link​

A Pathway for Rural Health Care to Thrive in a Post COVID-19 World

Live 1-hour session  12:10-1:10pm

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Benjamin D  Anderson,  MBA, MHCDS

Lauren Hughes, MD, MPH

Registration Link​

Burnout and Healing in the Face of a Global Pandemic 

Live 1-hour session, Tuesday, December 8th, 2020


Benjamin D Anderson MBA, MHCDS

Registration Link

"Basics of Gender Affirming Care"

Live 1-hour session on Thursday, January 14, 2021, 8:30-9:30 am

Live 90 minutes session Thursday, January 14, 2021, 9:45 - 11:15 am

Liv Kvach, MD, MA

Andrew Miller, MA

Registration Link​​

Continuing Education Credit Information

Complete the online survey to claim your CME, CNE,  or CDE credit, and evaluate the session and speakers.   Please review credit information before taking the survey; you will only be able to claim one type of credit* from those listed below. You will receive the evaluation link via email, following the session.

Continuing Dental Education (CDE)

The University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.  Dental practitioners should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.  For questions please contact Tamara Tobey, DDS, MA, Associate Professor Department of Community Dentistry and Population Health, or 303-724-7033


Continuing Medical Education (CME) MD/DO, PA, APRN*

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. The determination of credit is pending. Complete the online survey to claim the credit. For questions please contact Josina Romero, O’Connell, MD at or 303.724.3808.


Nursing Continuing Professional Development (CNPD) RN, APRN

The University of Colorado College of Nursing is an approved provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Colorado Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.  These educational offerings for a total of 10.5 contact hours are provided by the University of Colorado College of Nursing Office of Continuing Education.  All participants completing evaluations for each activity will be emailed CNPD Certificates for each activity within 30 days of the completion of that activity.  For questions please contact the Office of Continuing Nursing Education at or 303.724.6883.


Here is a breakdown of the contact hours:

Preceptor 101 = 5 contact hours

A pathway for rural health care… = 1 contact hour

Curriculum Reform = 1 contact hour

Provider Burnout = 1 contact hour

Transgender Care I & II = 2.5 contact hours

Announcement regarding the postponement of the in-person conference:

It is with a heavy heart that the COAHEC Program office has come to the decision to postpone the COAHEC Biennial conference.  The Chancellor for the Anschutz Medical Campus, Don Elliman has advised us to take this course of action.   We have not come to a firm decision on a future date, we are in discussions regarding 2021 or 2022, and will absolutely relay this information when we have it.

Going forward, COAHEC will be working on developing virtual sessions during 2020.   

We understand the concerns about holding the conference in 2021, if the conference gets scheduled in 2022, COAHEC will continue working to develop virtual sessions and include virtual research sessions for 2021. 

We appreciate your interest in this conference and continued support of COAHEC. We look forward to working through these fluid times of the pandemic with all our partners to fulfill our AHEC mission.

Please follow this link to see the Anschutz Medical Campus COVID response:​

Conference History:

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 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 future 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. 

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