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Building Community Awareness

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Students and faculty from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the University of Colorado Colorado Springs will participate in a two-day project in August called Poverty Immersion in Colorado Springs (PICOS) that aims to help them better understand the health care needs of the community. 
“Just as health care students and providers need to know human anatomy, they also need to know the anatomy of the community in which they learn and practice,” said Erik Wallace, MD, associate dean for the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Colorado Springs Branch. “The PICOS program will help us work collaboratively to improve the health of our community.” 
PICOS is designed to give participants the knowledge and skills to describe demographics and health care disparities within the Colorado Springs community; to define health equity and analyze social determinants of health effects on health outcomes; and to obtain and utilize basic resources while experiencing life in poverty.