Health-conscious and educated communities served by a diverse and competent healthcare workforce.
Within an innovative framework, CCAHEC partners to create and implement educational programs, addressing the dynamic needs of students, providers, and community members.
Data that Informs and Influences Decisions
A Sufficient and Competent Healthcare Workforce
Maximizing the Utilization of Resources
Robust Academic-Community Partnerships
1. Improve the distribution of the healthcare workforce
2. Create Educational opportunities to address the healthcare needs of our communities
3. Increase the diversity in all health disciplines
4. Connect students to careers, professionals to communities, and communities to better health
Central Colorado Area Health Education Center is a non-profit agency incorporated in February 2002. Serving ten Colorado counties in the Denver metropolitan area, it has identified a long term vision of "health-conscious and educated communities served by a diverse and competent healthcare workforce." One of six community-based centers in the Colorado AHEC System, CCAHEC has touches more than 30,000 students, community members, counselors, teachers and providers as it trains health professionals committed to under-served populations.
Christina was a public health nursing student at CCAHEC who identified the patrons of food pantries as a population that was at risk for obesity and therefore chronic disease. When she visited a large Denver food pantry she learned the plight of the patrons of food pantries and the barriers that they faced to eating a healthy diet. Christina developed a cookbook that would help pantry patrons use the food available in a healthy way. With the work of other nursing and medical students these recipes are now online and have been distributed to over 50 food pantries in Denver and rural Colorado.
Andres, a Hispanic student from rural Colorado, won a CCAHEC-administered Health Profession scholarship. He first learned of the opportunity when he volunteered at the Colorado AHEC Program health screenings at the National Western Stock Show. He says, "To me this scholarship is a godsend and has allowed me to pursue my dream of making a difference in the lives of individuals. My three siblings in college have put substantial financial burden on my parents and therefore my gratitude to AHEC is nearly inexpressible."