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Care of the Underserved/Advocacy


In 2018, our program launched a longitudinal curriculum, Colorado REACH (Research, Education, Advocacy, and Community Health), with a focus on the care of vulnerable patients, social determinants of health, and advocacy. Throughout their training, residents are given dedicated time to participate in the 4-year longitudinal curriculum. The REACH curriculum starts on day one of intern orientation when residents head out into Southwest Denver to learn about the community and different resources that exist for patients. Understanding the patient perspective is a key focus of REACH so this is emphasized throughout the resident’s training.


In an effort to increase understanding of social determinants of health, residents participate in several patient home visits with a nurse care coordinator. In the third year of the curriculum, residents participate in an advocacy workshop to help facilitate the development of a project. During the workshop, they spend time with community leaders who are actively engaged in advocacy both at the local and national level. In addition to workshops and experiential learning, residents are provided lectures and readings to reinforce concepts related to the social determinants of health and advocacy.