Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education Center

Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education Center

700 Main Avenue, Suite H
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 375-3243

JoDee Powers
Interim Executive Director

Year organization became a 501(c)(3): 2010
Year of first fiscal sponsorship: 2013
Number of sponsored projects: 2

Fiscal sponsorship fee:
Project will deposit a minimum of $1,000 into a SWCAHEC checking account. An administrative processing and enrollment fee of $250 will be charged to the account and the remaining $750 will sit in the account for use by the project. Should the project default on their responsibilities, any remaining amounts will be transferred to the SWCAHEC holdings. An additional 7.5% administrative fee on all grant awards will be deducted by SWCAHEC to defray SWCAHEC’s costs of administering the fund. Grant projects awarded in amounts less than $5,000 will be assessed an additional $450 to defray costs associated with administering small amounts of funds. Federal or state grants or organizations who present with higher risk may be charged a higher administrative fee of 8% due to the additional reporting requirements of governmental grant awards, at the discretion of the executive director.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Aligned mission/values: Improving Community Health

Types of projects or services we sponsor:

  • Children, youth and families: health-related
  • Drug treatment: mental health related
  • Economic development: As it relates to access to health care
  • Education: health related education
  • Health/nutrition
  • Mental health

Services we offer projects:

  • Bill paying
  • Bookkeeping/accounting: Quarterly accounting and monthly informal P&L
  • Human resource management
  • Insurance
  • Payroll
  • Receiving property and stock donations
  • Tax reporting

Organization description:
Southwestern Colorado AHEC is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. There is an AHEC Program Office located at the University of Colorado and there are five other nonprofits across the state, with the mission of each varying to some degree. While our Vision is for the region “to continually be improving,” we reach this goal in a number of ways. First, we provide linkages between academic institutions and local, rural communities in order to improve health for underserved and underrepresented populations. AHEC programs help to bring the resources of academic medicine to address local community health needs. In addition, we provide local continuing education for health professionals in rural areas. We connect students to careers; professionals to communities; and communities to better health (