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Poverty immersion returns for local med students


​For a second consecutive year, students and faculty from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the UCCS will participate in a two-day project, beginning tomorrow, called Poverty Immersion in Colorado Springs. PICOS aims to help those students better understand the health care needs of the community.
 
“This is designed to give participants an idea as to what the demographic health indicators are in Colorado Springs, and to also give an experience as to what the resource limits are in this community,” said Erik Wallace, associate dean for the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Colorado Springs Branch.
 
The first day will include a tabletop simulation in collaboration with Pikes Peak United Way. The simulation will provide the participants with an idea of what it is like to budget and accomplish everyday tasks while living in poverty. Tomorrow evening, the participants will have dinner at Springs Rescue Mission alongside its homeless population and stay overnight.