What We Do

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

Email us for questions and general inquiries at info@saahec.elrio.org



Felipe R. Perez, MD


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Desirée Rose

Program Coordinator, Continuing Education

Jessica Alcarez

Administrative Assistant

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Kristen Natonie

Program Coordinator, Clinical Rotations

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Yolanda Perez

Program Coordinator, Pipeline Programs

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