Vision, Goals & Guiding Principles

We envision a partnership between the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the surrounding neighborhoods that is equitable, mutually respectful, sustainable, responsive and that results in vibrant, healthy, learning communities both on and off campus.

“I want to see North Aurora become revitalized into a more thriving community. By accessing the resources and opportunities that the Campus provides, I believe this area can be rejuvenated economically. I further hope to see some of the area’s health-care needs addressed and resolved through the CCP initiative.”

Mark Burry, life-long resident of Northwest Aurora and Member of the CCP Authority and Implementation Committee

“The Partnership brings invaluable opportunities to the Aurora Public Schools community.  Inspired by opportunities to learn on the Anschutz Medical Campus, our Aurora LIGHTS Health Sciences Pathway students set goals for education beyond high school and a future in health and allied health professions—goals that are fueled by life-changing campus experiences and founded on growing confidence in the prospect of living and working in a healthy Aurora community.”

-Carol McBride, Development Director for Academic & Career Pathways for Aurora Public Schools and Member of the CCP Partnership Authority

“This partnership for me is the connection that we all have to each other. We are the sum of many. We all have gifts and talents and when we share them we open up opportunities for all to share and give and we learn more about each other so we can truly begin to build a genuine, meaningful and trusting relationship that will benefit all who reside in our community. We in essence share the wealth of all who reside in OUR Community, which leads to a meaningful, learning, prosperous and safe place to be!”

-Ruben Medina, Sr. Recreation Specialist and Director of Aurora’s Moorhead Community Center and Member of the CCP Partnership Authority and Implementation Committee

“Libraries transform lives through information access.  Making informed health decisions is fundamental to our prosperity as a community.  At the University of Colorado Health Sciences Library (CU HSL), we welcome our neighbors to visit us, to learn about their own health and the health of our community.  The CU HSL is also a gateway to learning about the many health-related discoveries and innovations happening on the Anschutz Medical Campus.  Through the Community-Campus Partnership initiative, Library staff are making new and exciting connections with our neighbors and friends here in Aurora, relationships that we believe will contribute to our collective wellbeing.”

-Jerry Perry, Director of the CU Health Sciences Library at the Anschutz Medical Campus and Member of the CCP Partnership Authority

Our Goals

  • To support partnerships already present within the campus and surrounding neighborhoods.
  • To increase our access to one another in a coordinated way that makes programs more useful and relevant to people on both sides of the partnership.
  • To identify new programs and call them into existence by virtue of coordinated joint efforts.
  • To maintain our relationship with one another throughout the duration of our programs.

This Partnership Will

  • Commit to a collaborative, equitable, and assets-based process that prioritizes trust, mutual respect, diversity and inclusion, with an especially strong commitment from the campus to establish trust with our neighbors.
  • Address the social as well as the biomedical determinants of health.
  • Respect and support current successful community-campus collaborations and other ongoing health-related efforts in the community.
  • Facilitate open communication, co-learning, capacity building and accountability between and within the community and campus.
  • Create and sustain a culture on campus and in the local neighborhoods that promotes and encourages mutual integration.
  • Respect the integrity of the local neighborhoods through inclusiveness and engagement.
  • Make institutional changes that may be necessary for the members of the campus community to be effective partners.
  • Go for the long term; promote sustainability; stay flexible and responsive to emerging needs and issues.
  • Celebrate successes along the way.