• Bringing opportunities to make lives better, to increase knowledge, and to increase health equity.

    The San Luis Valley Area Health Education Center creates innovative programs to meet the changing needs of the the San Luis Valley.

  • Mini Med School

    Bringing interesting topics to the San Luis Valley

    The popular lecture series is a community service offered by the CU School of Medicine. Classes are held on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, and are seen by live video feed to many sites around the state of Colorado.


    The CU Mini Med School was founded in 1989 by J. John Cohen, MD, PhD, and Professor of Immunology & Medicine. With more than 27,000 graduates to date, the program continues to be the most popular and anticipated event offered by the University of Colorado School of Medicine. CU Mini Med School is taught by experts in their fields, who are chosen for their ability to make the technical language of medicine understandable.


    Talks take place on Wednesday evenings in the fall, and it's necessary to register so we can make sure you get all the updates and information.


    Please contact the SLV AHEC and mention the Mini Med School to find out a schedule or to register for classes.


  • SLV Health Access Risk Reduction Program (SHARRP)

    Innovative harm reduction efforts

    SHARRP is a collaboration between the SLV AHEC, the Alamosa Health Department, Valley-Wide Health Systems, the SLV Behavioral Health Group, and other partners. It offers clients who are using injection drugs the ability to prevent the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C through sterile syringes, the safe disposal of syringes in the community, free HIV and Hepatitis C testing once a month, emergency overdose response training and free naloxone for clients, and access to mental health counseling, substance use treatment, primary medical care, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, and case management.


    The program is open to injection drug users on Wednesday mornings from 9 to noon at 1123 West Avenue in Alamosa.


    Please email to learn more information about SHARRP.

  • Heart Healthy Screening

    Community Health Workers providing screenings & links to resources

    Colorado Heart Healthy Solutions is a statewide program that aims to prevent, detect and control cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The SLV AHEC is proud to have Community Health Workers (CHWs) provide screenings, referrals, and ongoing support to members of their communities at no cost. Screening includes a brief health history, height, weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels. For those at-risk, referrals are made to local healthcare clinics and healthy living programs. CHWs also help participants set and achieve realistic health goals. They offer participants the opportunity to engage in the community resources such as walking groups and nutrition programs. To demonstrate improvements in health and reinforce behavior change, CHWs provide retesting once a year.


    Please contact us to set up an appointment to meet with a Community Health Worker.

  • Opioid Case Advocacy

    Helping individuals who are struggling with opioid use disorder

    Opioid Use Disorders continue to greatly impact the entire San Luis Valley. The Opioid Crisis Response Program addresses this epidemic head-on by individual and family supports. The Case Advocates take aim by working directly with our community members and their families who are struggling with an OUD.


    A long-term intensive case management services for individuals suffering from opioid use disorder assists clients with any needs they may have based on their stage of recovery; case managers do everything from attending initial medical or counseling appointments at partner organizations (which includes the Valley-Wide Health Systems' MAT program), to distributing overdose-reversing naloxone to clients being released from jail - ultimately, the goal is to provide long-term support while those who are suffering from opioid use disorders work through the stages of recovery.

    Case Advocates provide long-term support to persons and families in accessing resources and navigating services. They offer guidance to persons with housing, employment, job skills, mental health issues, medical issues, appointments, substance abuse issues, food, clothing, transportation, etc.


    There ARE effective treatments for OUD, yet only about 10% of people suffering from the disorder are getting the treatment they need. Help us change that!


    Case Advocates are available to help clients and family members establish treatment options through local facilities, manage risk reduction options, and much more!


    One treatment does not fit all. Clients will review several MAT options in the San Luis Valley, including methadone, suboxone, vivitrol, and risk reduction to discover what works for them.



  • Organizing Regional Opioid Efforts

    The SLV AHEC serves as a convener for multiple opioid efforts

  • Donate to the SLV AHEC

    Your donations will help bring innovative quality programs to the San Luis Valley, and are tax deductible. Thank you!