• Health education for healthcare professionals.

    Bringing world-class educational opportunities to the San Luis Valley.

    The San Luis Valley Area Health Education Center is dedicated to bringing quality continuing education opportunities to healthcare professionals throughout the San Luis Valley. Utilizing national, statewide, and local experts as lecturers and consultants, the SLV AHEC works closely with local hospitals, clinics, health centers, and educational institutions to deliver targeted information that is deemed by local partners to be the most pertinent to our regional providers.

  • ECHO Colorado: learn and share with other professionals in your field about specific topics.

    The SLV AHEC partners with ECHO Colorado to bring this wonderful learning opportunity to the San Luis Valley. ECHOs are unique, cooperative learning experiences designed to help spread knowledge and understanding about specific topics among professionals.

    ECHO educational series are available free-of-charge to professionals in the San Luis Valley.


    ECHO sessions combine the interactive learning and case-based sharing aspects of an in-person training with the improved access and convenience of connecting through an audio and video-based online experience.


    Participants have the opportunity to interact with thought leaders and experts in health and health-related fields, and to discuss best practices around a topic with peers.

  • Provider Education Addressing Current Issues in Pain Management and Opioid Prescribing

    Watch recent provider education offerings here

    Medication-assisted treatment 201: Trends & topics

    On May 30, 2019, Dr. Josh Blum of Denver Health presented on "opioid tapering and discontinuation, intro to opioid use disorder, and medication assisted treatment, followed by Dr. Sarah Christensen of Denver Health who presented on "Advanced concepts in MAT provision" (with case studies encouraged). The entire presentation is available below.

    Pain management: Marijuana, opioid use disorder, and chronic pain updates.

    The SLV AHEC is a leader in addressing the opioid epidemic.


    The SLV AHEC hosted TED-style talks on June 27, 2018, providing healthcare professionals with the latest information on cannabis for pain, opioid use disorders, and pain procedures. The presenters were Doctor Joshua Blum, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Denver Health and Doctor Jonathan Clapp, MD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Centura Health. This event was possible through assistance by the CDPHE, the CDC, the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, the Colorado AmeriCorps Community Opioid Response Program, and other partners.


    The presentations are available in their entirety, below.

    When chronic opioid therapy is no longer therapeutic.

    In January of 2016, the SLV AHEC hosted Dr. Joshua Blum, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Denver Health and Hospitals, who presented on the identification and treatment of opioid use disorders in primary care. The full presentation can be watched here.

    Addressing chronic pain, behavioral health, and treatment of substance abuse.

    In September of 2014, the SLV AHEC hosted a series for healthcare professionals about chronic pain. In Part One, available below, Dr. Josh Blum, MD, Denver Health and Hospitals, addressed chronic pain assessment, common features, and non-opioid modalities. In Part Two, below, Dr. Blum and Alice Vienneau, LCSW, Park Hill Family Clinic, Denver Health, focused on behavioral and mental health to manage chronic pain in patients. In Part Three, below, Dr. Blum addressed chronic opioid therapy (COT), and managing substance abuse.

  • Nightingale Awards

    Honoring Nurses

    The Nightingale Awards event was founded in 1985 to honor nurses who best exemplify the philosophy and practice of Florence Nightingale. Registered Nurses throughout the state are nominated by solicitation from the Colorado Area Health Education Centers in the fall of each year. Each region hosts a local event for the nominees. Finalists are selected by the regions and forwarded to the State Selection Committee, who determines the recipients. Nurses are nominated by their peers, supervisors and people they have cared for in our community.

    The Nightingale Luminaries represent the best of more than 60,000 registered nurses in Colorado and are recognized for their leadership, advocacy, and innovation. What the nurses have in common is their commitment to actions and outcomes in caring for their patients, their profession, and their communities.


    For information on how to nominate a Nurse, please contact Charlotte at 719-589-4977 x 21.

  • Help shape our future serving the community

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