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Community Impact

The Department of Medicine is proud of its service to the community locally, nationally, and globally. 

Locally, faculty in the Department of Medicine are leaders in the quest to advocate for and serve the underserved. Clinica Tepeyac, Stout Street Health Center and the DAWN Clinic are among the sites where Department of Medicine faculty and residents volunteer their time providing care for those in need. The Department is also a participant in the Community Campus Partnership, an alliance designed to support collaborative projects between the CU Anschutz Medical Campus and the surrounding Aurora community to improve the health and economic well-being of the community.

In Colorado, LEADS is a program housed in the Department of Medicine that puts community service front and center. LEADS runs programs for students and residents focused on developing skills in leadership and advocacy through experiential curricula and service learning. LEADS students work in partnership with community agencies over the summer for eight weeks on intensive projects that meet the needs of underserved populations. In 12 years, LEADS students have completed almost 90 projects improving the health of Coloradans.

  • News: In July 2015, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (along with several health care and public health organizations across the state) announced the development of ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) Colorado, funded by a nearly $3.3M grant over two years from the Colorado Health Foundation. CU faculty (including Department of Medicine faculty) will be key members in this program, helping rural physicians to keep their training up-to-date with the latest medical treatments and innovations, and improving the ability of these providers to treat diverse health challenges on-site.

Nationally, our faculty play key roles in political and social advocacy, working to improve the healthcare of all Americans. They are leaders in training students and other physicians in the skills of advocacy and policy and working to bring together the expertise of clinicians and the wisdom of communities to improve the conditions that lead to health.

Internationally, faculty from the Department of Medicine are involved in research and in developing clinical and educational projects that support health in under-resourced countries as well as refugee and immigrant populations here in the United States.

Photo: the Department of Medicine encourages residents to train and practice medicine in remote communities.

  • News: The Department of Medicine'e Colorado-Zimbabwe International Exchange (CoZIE) program is a bilateral exchange program between the CU Department of Medicine and the Department of Internal Medicine in the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences (UZCHS). The objectives of CoZIE are to provide diverse experiences in internal medicine practice, clinical teaching and research mentorship for DOM faculty and postgraduate trainees, and to broaden clinical teaching and clinical research experiences for postgraduate trainees at UZCHS.

Read more about how the School of Medicine, including the Department of Medicine, gives back to the community.


cervantes2015risingstar.jpgLilia Cervantes, 2015 Department of Medicine 'Rising Star'

Since joining CU in 2008, Dr. Cervantes has dedicated her career to increasing diversity in the physician workforce, as well as health disparities research. In 2009, she launched the Healthcare Interest Program (HIP), bringing together CU and Denver-based community organizations to increase the number of underrepresented minority (URM) students maintaining an interest in a healthcare career. She received CU's Rosa Parks Award and the President’s Diversity Award for this work. Dr. Cervantes also helped re-establish the University of Colorado Organization for Racial and Ethnic Support (UCOLORES), a program for URM junior faculty, and founded the Health Equity Lecture Series at Denver Health, bringing academic and community leaders together to increase understanding of the social determinants of health in Denver. Dr. Cervantes’ research is focused on improving palliative care outcomes for Latinos with end-stage renal disease; she was awarded the four-year Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and was selected to join the Clinical Faculty Scholars Program for 2015.

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