H.O.P.E. (Health Occupations Promoting Equity)

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H.O.P.E. (Health Occupations Promoting Equity)

 A health career exploration program for high school students.

Health Occupations Promoting Equity (HOPE) is an innovative statewide collaboration among all 6 Regional AHEC Centers. Each center develops and teaches a lesson to high school attendees in person in their own center live, virtually synchronously to all other Centers’ recruits. Students participate in sessions with students from all over Colorado every 4-6 weeks.    

We encourage Sophomore, Junior, and Senior students from rural or other underrepresented backgrounds to apply for this program!
Questions? Email us at: COAHEC-HOPE@cuanschutz.edu

2024-2025 HOPE Program Schedule


First Monday of Every Month from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM


(January Meeting Excepted)

Date TitlePresenting Region

September 9, 2024

What is HOPE?

Colorado AHEC Program Office  

October 7, 2024

Plate Invaders: Foodborne illnesses and public health food safety

Southwestern Colorado AHEC

November 4, 2024

Explore! Dental Careers: Careers available within a dental office and dental hygiene education

Southeastern Colorado AHEC

December 2, 2024

Discover Health careers in addiction medicine

Western Colorado AHEC
February 3, 2025TBD

San Luis Valley Colorado AHEC

March 3, 2025

"Checking In With Me: Prioritizing Mental Health for Personal Well-being"

Purpose: To provide high school students with a foundational understanding of mental health, its importance in personal development, and the available resources and support systems.
Front Range AHEC
April 7, 2025

Health As We Age

Centennial AHEC


Complete 3 or more sessions to apply for the COAHEC’s H.O.P.E. Institute (Free Summer Camp) in July 2025 at CU Colorado Springs and the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.

Students must be under 18 through August 1, 2025, to be eligible to participate in the 2025 COAHEC HOPE Institute.

Find Your Regional Coordinator from the Map Below

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Region HOPE Program Coordinator

Centennial AHEC (CAHEC)

Samantha Vernon: samantha@cahec.org

Front Range AHEC (FRAHEC)

Yolanda Gotier: yolanda@frhealth.org

San Luis Valley AHEC (SLVAHEC)

Nakayla Werner: nakayla@slvahec.org

Southeastern Colorado AHEC (SECAHEC)

Shanae Gutierrez: shanae.gutierrez@secahec.org

Southwestern Colorado AHEC (SWCAHEC)

Dyllon Mills: dyllon.mills@swcahec.org

Western Colorado AHEC (WCAHEC)

Neil Hanson: nhanson@wcahec.org

Colorado AHEC Program Office

CU Anschutz

Education II North

13120 East 19th Avenue

5th Floor

Aurora, CO 80045


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