"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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Southwestern Primary Care Research & Innovation Summit

May 8 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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The Southwestern Primary Care Research & Innovation Summit is a continuing education and networking opportunity that celebrates the champions of “Health Equity for All” by showcasing innovations in practice-based research, quality improvement, and patient-centered primary care and community-engaged health programs from community health, academic and other organizations in the Southwestern United States. Our goal is to bring together primary care clinicians, researchers, patients, public health professionals, students, academics, and others to share their projects, passion, commitment, and enthusiasm for transforming patient care through community collaboration and patient-centered approaches. 

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May 8
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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El Rio Health, Manning House
450 W Paseo Redondo
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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Now Accepting Poster Abstracts

Submission Deadline February 25, 2024

We are seeking research and quality improvement abstracts for works in progress, finished projects, and conceptual works that emphasize best practices in community-oriented and patient-centered primary care and population health programs. 

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This is a peer-reviewed, juried poster fair – Anyone working on relevant projects is strongly encouraged to submit a poster abstract for consideration!