Southwestern Colorado
Area Health Education Center

701 Camino del Rio, Suite 316
Durango, CO 81301| Phone: (970) 426-4284

Continuing Education and Support Programs for Health Professionals

SWCAHEC supports area health professionals including primary care physicians, nurses, dentists, physical therapists, and mental health providers to name a few.  By facilitating and providing various training opportunities, continuing education, and award programs, SWCAHEC can assist health professionals in advancing their careers.



Care Coordination Central

With generous financial support from the Colorado Health Foundation, SWCAHEC was recently awarded a grant to plan and implement Care Coordination Central.  The vision for this project is to promote integrated care delivery systems, with a population-based, health equity focus.  The leadership provided by the Care Coordination Central will be an essential component to shaping policy and improving structures so that patients experience care that is coordinated, efficient, and compassionate.  The project will bring together care coordinators and patient navigators housed at programs, practices, and schools from all over the eight county SWCAHEC region to provide a place (physical and virtual) to collaborate and network; encourage practice advancement; and provide ongoing education and training.  Care Coordination Central will be the first of its kind in Southwest Colorado and SWCAHEC will capitalize on the existing relationships with numerous provider practices in the region to begin to promote new systems; care coordination programs will be an essential component of shaping policy and improving structures so that patients experience care that is coordinated, efficient, and compassionate.  For more information, visit our site at

Regional Nightingale Luminary Awards and Southwest STAR Awards

SWCAHEC organizes, supports, and administers the Nightingale Regional Luminary Awards program in SW Colorado. The program recognizes outstanding nurses in the four corners region – those who inspire compassionate care and whose hard work shines a light on community health.


SWCAHEC also coordinates the Southwest STAR Awards~ Click HERE for more information.

Continuing Education and Distance Learning Opportunities

SWCAHEC facilitates access to University-based lectures and continuing education opportunities, including CME credit opportunities and web-streaming, live links, or archived links.

Cultural Competency Training

SWCAHEC staff are fully trained through the Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning in the delivery  of Cultural Competency & Diversity Workshops. Let us design a customized training to meet your organization’s needs. Contact Executive Director, Kathleen McInnis to discuss options and answer your questions,

ECHO Colorado

ECHO-CO is a virtual training experience that blends brief didactic presentations and case-based learning, using video-technology. ECHO-CO connects cohorts of learners to improve capacity for both clinical care and public health in Colorado. Current and future topics include:                                                                      ECHO CO Logo_rev.12.2015

  • Epilepsy
  • Cancer Survivorship
  • Patient Navigation
  • Neurology
  • HIV
  • Developmental Pediatrics
  • Pain
  • Hepatitis C
  • Integrating Tobacco Cessation Services into Primary Care

Take a look at the Introductory Video! CLICK HERE. For more information or to register for a session:

National AHEC Organization Resources

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The National AHEC Organization has partnered with the CDC to provide training and resources about the HPV vaccine to improve the very low rates of HPV vaccination across the country. Click the banner to link to the CDC website for resources and information. To download and print informational flyers for patients and consumers, click HERE.

Semi-Annual Preceptor Development Conference

SWCAHEC invites and supports regional preceptors to participate in the semi-annual AHEC Engaging WebCommunities in Education and Research conference every other Autumn which is free for preceptors and includes CME, networking, and preceptor development opportunities.  Watch for more information for the next Conference, October 14-16, 2016 in lovely Breckenridge, Colorado. For more information, please go to the Colorado AHEC site. REGISTRATION NOW OPEN:

Please use this link to register:

Local Opportunities

SWCAHEC partners with local hospitals and community-based organizations to increase access to a wide variety of local continuing education opportunities, such as providing coordination and training of Chronic Disease Self-Management Classes and Patient Navigator Trainings.


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National Jewish Health’s Asthma Toolkit Project

Beginning in January 2014, SWCAHEC will partner with National Jewish Health to implement the Asthma Toolkit Program to bring training to primary care providers in Southwest Colorado.  This project will provide primary care providers with up-to-date information and equipment for diagnosing, treating, and managing asthma in the most effective way possible. Providers will receive Asthma Toolkits filled with helpful information and will learn spirometry techniques to meet the needs of patients.  Additionally, practices will receive local, ongoing coaching and support services through SWCAHEC.  For more information, click on the links below:
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