Foster Collaborations

  • We identify, foster and support mutually beneficial collaboration and partnerships.
  • We “convene, connect, communicate and coordinate” to improve health and well-being in the community.
  • We support collaborative efforts in education, research, career pipeline programs, workforce and job development, service and service learning.

Current Collaborations

The Community-Campus Partnership currently supports a wide array of collaborative efforts in the areas of education, research, career pipeline programs, workforce and job development, service and service learning.

Some examples include:

P-20 Education and Campus Handshakes that Make a Difference

Aurora-Lights-ChildrenAurora Public Schools students have unique opportunities to prepare for a future in health and allied health professions through participation in the Aurora LIGHTS Health Sciences Pathway. The P-20 (pre-school through college) Aurora LIGHTS pathway consists of an integrated collection of programs and services that support students in developing core academic, technical, and employability skills and knowledge in preparation for postsecondary education and successful, fulfilling careers.

Partnerships between the Anschutz Medical Campus and Aurora Public Schools bring life-changing experiences to Aurora LIGHTS students as they pursue plans of study in Biomedical Science, Health and Medical Services, and Biomedical Engineering. Inspired by caring professionals and real-world resources, Aurora LIGHTS Health Sciences Pathway students develop new perspectives about learning, set important goals for education beyond high school, and envision a future founded on the belief that they can work together to build healthier communities.

For additional information about the Aurora LIGHTS Health Sciences Pathway, please click here or contact email hidden; JavaScript is required, Academic and Careers Pathway Coordinator, Aurora Public Schools.


Primary Care Progress Colorado (PCP)

Primary Care Progress (PCP) is a national, non-profit network of health-care professionals, trainees, educators, policy-makers, and primary care advocates who all have one goal in mind: to revitalize the primary care workforce and promote primary care in the country.

Primary Care Progress Colorado, the local chapter of this national organization, is a collaborative venue to organize primary care trainees at the Anschutz Medical Campus and advocates in the community to strive for continual success and improvement through the collective action of exchanging experience, ideas, mentorship, and research opportunities. With targeted initiatives, we seek to foster enthusiasm for the development of innovative primary care in Colorado and refine Anschutz primary care training programs to be the best in the nation. In August 2013, the first convening meeting was held to build an alliance between General Internal Medicine and Family Medicine faculty and the interdisciplinary students of the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Some community partnerships that PCP Colorado have been supported by, and could not be without, include:

  • The Fields Foundation
  • Mosaic Church of Aurora
  • Aurora Health Access
  • Colorado Refugee Wellness Center
  • Doctors Care

In April 2014, PCP Colorado launched an advocacy and recruitment campaign for a community-owned student-run free clinic, which will be one of the first student-run free clinics in the nation to make interprofessional collaboration and team-based primary care the focus of the educational experience. D.A.W.N. free clinic, which stands for Dedicated to Aurora’s Wellness & Needs, will be opening in January 2015and will care for the uninsured community in Aurora on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 PM- 9:30 PM.

DAWN Clinic

Through the creation and development of D.A.W.N. free clinic, students have alread taken valuable opportunities to practice interdisciplinary collaboration, community engagement, leadership development, and innovative primary care. In addition to maturing and streamlining the free clinic, we plan to further develop and evaluate our novel approach to health professional training through:

  1. Educational development: by providing real-world applications for interprofessional care delivery from the clinic
  2. Community-Campus Partnership
  3. Faculty volunteerism and connections with specialists.

If you would like to support the Anschutz Medical Campus students in PCP and the community of Aurora, please visit this website for more details.

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