The vision of SWCAHEC is for health to constantly be 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.
Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education Center (SWCAHEC) is a non-profit organization that strives to improve rural health in the eight SW counties of Colorado. SWCAHEC has 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.
Kate McGinley-West a resident of Cortez, is the recipient of the 2013 Colorado Health Professions Scholarship. Kate is a graduate student studying to be a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at the University of Colorado College Of Nursing in Denver. Kate has the desire to combine her exp
Emily Campbell a resident of Durango, has been awarded the Colorado Health Professions Scholarship. Emily is a graduate student studying to be a Masters Level Social Worker at The University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work. Emily’s experiences as a substance abuse and safe h
Maria Kallman, a resident of Silverton, has been awarded the 2013 Colorado Health Professions Scholarship. Maria is a graduate student studying to be a Physician Assistant at The University of Colorado. Maria says her work as a PA will keep her challenged, “During my first hour shadow