Nonprofit starts scholars program in Southwest Colorado

Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018 5:51 PM

Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education Center recently announced a collaboration with Fort Lewis College, Pueblo Community College Southwest Nursing Program and University of Denver Four Corners MSW Program to start a free AHEC Scholars enhancement program.

The AHEC Scholars program is an effort to train heal care leaders in rural and underserved communities. The program focuses on interprofessional education, behavioral health integration and social determinants of health, according to a press release from AHEC Director Kathleen McGinnis. Students who are interested in rural health care who are enrolled in a health profession or certificate program and are within two years of completing their program are eligible.

“This free enhancement program is unique in that it gives students a competitive edge in the job market while enabling them to build relationships with state leaders and primary care professionals from across the state,” said Matthew Hess, associate director of the Colorado AHEC Program.

“They will also receive opportunities for leadership development, one-on-one mentorship from AHEC staff and have the opportunity to meet students from various disciplines,” said Hess.

The training program is scheduled to begin in October.

For more information or to apply, visit or email Ke Zhang at

The nonprofit SWCAHEC focuses on improving access to health care in Archuleta, Dolores, Hinsdale, La Plata, Montezuma, Ouray, San Juan and San Miguel counties.