Growing a diverse and compassionate healthcare workforce in Southern Arizona.

About Us

The Southern Arizona AHEC (SAAHEC) was established September 1, 2021, at El Rio Health and is committed to serving Cochise, Pima, and Santa Cruz counties. SAAHEC is one of five (5) regional Arizona Area Health Education Centers (AzAHEC) focused on developing integrated, sustainable health professions workforce education and pipeline programs throughout the state. Our mission is to improve access to comprehensive, affordable, quality, and compassionate health care in Southern Arizona’s rural and medically underserved communities by increasing the supply, diversity, distribution, and training of health care professionals serving these populations.

Through education and community partnerships, SAAHEC links educational resources with healthcare delivery systems through the following core pillars of service: Pathways to Health Careers; Clinical Rotations, and Continuing Education. 

3 Pillars of Service

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 Education

Through administrative support, program development, and sponsorship, SAAHEC supports, strengthens, and increases access to continuing education opportunities to enhance quality of care and the retention of health professionals caring for medically underserved and under resourced communities.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, June 2, 2022 | 5:30 – 6:30p
Online or @ El Rio Health, Manning House Ballroom
Tucson, AZ

This free CME activity will help guide health professionals in the care of severe asthma in children and know when to refer to a pediatric pulmonologist.

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