Learn, Network, Grow

COAHEC Biennial Networking, Education, and Research (NEAR) Conference

Together Again: “Moving Upward in Health Care”

Anschutz Medical Campus
September 22-24, 2023


General Information

This biennial conference provides preceptor development and an opportunity to network with health professional partners and receive continuing education credits. The NEAR conference is hosted by Colorado Area Health Education Center (AHEC), in conjunction with the regional AHEC offices across the state and the schools and programs at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The NEAR conference rotates around the state of Colorado in rural, urban, and medically underserved areas to enhance partnerships among providers of those rural and medically underserved areas.

Visit COAHEC’s website for conference details and schedule: https://www.cuanschutz.edu/centers/coahec/events-and-programs/near-conference


Conference Schedule

• Beginning on Friday afternoon are robust research presentations and a keynote speaker, followed by a networking/poster session highlighting research from high school students through post-graduate and professionals from all over Colorado. Join us Friday evening for family friendly activities with heavy hors d'oeuvres and cocktails.

• Saturday features breakout sessions, a plenary/keynote, panels, speakers, and a variety of organization tables throughout the day to answer your educational and practice needs. Session topics include practice transformation, provider burnout, interprofessional education, telehealth, and much more! You and a guest are invited to join us Saturday evening for a networking and banquet dinner.

• The conference wraps up on Sunday morning.



Up to 40 community-based volunteer preceptors for the CUSOM Rural Program, Rural LIC, and/or Department of Family Medicine will receive FREE conference registration and two nights lodging near campus as a thank you for your contribution to teaching our students!

If you are interested in attending, please email Melanie.DeHerrera@cuanschutz.edu before August 18, 2023 when registration closes to receive the link and discount code to register. 



Lucille (Lu) Heimerl

Family Medicine (SOM)

CU Anschutz

Academic Office One

12631 East 17th Avenue

Box F496

Aurora, CO 80045


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