"Growing a diverse and compassionate healthcare workforce in Southern Arizona."


Our mission is to improve access to comprehensive, affordable, quality, and compassionate healthcare in Southern Arizona’s rural and medically underserved communities by increasing the supply, diversity, distribution, and training of healthcare professionals serving these populations.

SAAHEC is one of six (6) regional Arizona Area Health Education Centers (AzAHEC) focused on developing integrated, sustainable health professions workforce education and pipeline programs throughout the state. We are committed to serving Cochise, Pima, and Santa Cruz counties.

Our Programs

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Pathways to Health Careers

SAAHEC supports and facilitates programs that cultivates interest and inspires students from underrepresented minority populations and rural communities to pursue careers in primary health care.

Clinical Rotations

SAAHEC provides and coordinates opportunities for college and graduate students to train and serve in rural and medically underserved and under resourced urban communities.

Continuing Professional Development

SAAHEC supports, strengthens, and increases access to continuing education opportunities for practicing health professionals to enhance quality of care and improve patient outcomes.

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