The vision of SWCAHEC is for health to be constantly
improving in the region. The mission is to improve quality and accessibility of
health-related education and community and public health programming for
students, professionals and community members. SWCAHEC has a special emphasis
on serving underserved populations and on promoting collaboration with existing
health resources while filling gaps that affect the health of the community.
AHEC has identified suicide as one of the top three biggest
health problems facing the region.
SWCAHEC is a nonprofit that supports access to quality
healthcare in the eight Southwest Colorado counties we serve. We have a strong
emphasis on supporting rural primary care and community health, and on
developing a pipeline of students who will eventually be our region’s health
professionals. As a trusted neutral convener, we have spearheaded the Southwest
Colorado Healthcare Partners Alliance, providing a single table for healthcare
representatives to identify and develop solutions for issues in our region. In
addition, we offer educational opportunities for health professionals,
post-secondary and high school students, and the community. We coordinate
housing for medical students doing rural rotations in the Southwest.