African American women are almost three times more likely to die before their first birthday than infants born to women of other races. Previous research has shown that socioeconomic status and education do not fully account for the disparity. We are working with women in the community to understand the causes of this disparity and potential ways to address them through community-based participatory research.
Contributing Students: Arian Khorshid, MD; Heidi Yen, MD; Justin Thai, MD; Tarah Nelson, NP; Luis Escobedo, MD; Kathryn Kalata, MD
We interviewed everyone without private insurance who came to the University ED with low-acuity complaints to determine if there were any social determinants of health that were potentially preventing them from receiving appropriate primary care services.
Pipeline programs for underserved youth / outreach to youth.
Assist in developing a long term project with Comitis - Homeless program adjacent to medical campus.
Students and the community to work together to understand perceived discrimination and design a feasible intervention to better equip future healthcare providers and community members to reduce its effects. We follow a strict Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) model, and the community members are involved at every level of decision making and action.
Secondary Mentor: Janet Meredith
Contributing Students: Danny Hecht, Jackie To, Ben Sacamano, Andy Hagar, Erica Martinez, Will Dufficy, Meryl Colton, Shayer Chowdry, Sai Radhakrishnan, Sri Radhakrishnan, Katie Raskob, MD
Long-term project to solicit student feedback about the track experience, design and implement improvements, and measure outcomes.
Secondary Mentor: Steve Lowenstein, MD, MPH
Contributing Students: Paul Eigenberger, MD; Nathan Fischer, MD; Kathleen Raskob, MD; Matthew Cataldo, MD; Shayer Chowdhury, MD
Our goals are to fill the large gap in medical education on LGBT-related topics. The elective aims to foster development of basic knowledge and skills needed to provide cultural responsive and clinically competent care. Sessions include a mix of didactics, standard patient encounters, and patient panels. Our first elective was piloted in Spring 2016 and was a huge success! Phase I and II MD and PA students are welcome to take the elective in the Fall. We are always looking for more students to get involved with our project - join us!
Contributing Students: Louis Leslie, MD; Matt Minturn, MD
I am working with the DAWN clinic research group to create an evaluation plan for the clinic hopefully looking at metrics like chronic disease management and cost-benefit analyses.
Secondary Mentor: Dr. Whitney Jones
A trailer home park exists immediately to the East of our campus wedged between us and I-225. Residents are at high risk of being displaced for redevelopment as a "transit oriented" development. In conjunction with the School of Public Health, we are developing a project to monitor health and housing insecurity issues.
Set up an education workshop for the non-English speaking Vietnamese community on the intracacies of healthcare in the United States.
Assessing healthcare needs of Kenton Elementary school with a large population of students born to refugee parents.
Secondary Mentor: Ryan Kammeyer, MD
Contributing Students: Megan Kalata, MD; Reade Tillman, MD 12
I am working with Dr. Jen Adams, Dr. Liz Kvach, and Kim Powell, NP to design a didactic curriculum for the Denver Health LIC students around LGBTQ health issues and we are developing tools to evaluate and present the curriculum.
Secondary Mentors: Liz Kvach, MD
Kim Powell, NP
In this two-day immersion, participants learn of the challenges faced by resource-limited people through poverty-simulations both in the classroom and in the community. Participants interact with this resource limited-population and local organizations that provide resources to people experiencing poverty.
Contributing Student: Kathleen Raskob, MD14
Identify economic barriers to accessing surgical specialty care in a neighborhood with known disparities (Park Hill, Denver) and create a cost-utility model for screening for early surgical disease (i.e. colon cancer, AAA, CAD) to prevent presentation of late, emergent disease.
Assist in developing a long term project with Stout Street - Homeless Program in Denver.
Most programs work in partnership with underserved communities but are not a true part of the targeted community. We are in the early stages of developing the UUT Community Scholar Program - a few students within the UUT would live within an underserved community for the duration of their education at CU and allow our Track to develop closer long term partnerships with an underserved community. If you would be interested in participating as one of the members please consider assisting with this initiative.
Examine habits of preschool age children related to TV watching (eating, sleep, etc) and obesity via maternal survey.
We are working in an equal partnership with refugee youth from Burma to increase awareness of alcohol abuse and decrease risky drinking behaviors.
Secondary Mentor: Jamal Moloo, MD
Contributing Students: Abhinav Gupta, MD; Alida Ovrutsky, MD; Tori Holtestaul, MD; Chelsea Walters, MD; Tuan Nguyen, MD; Jess Coulter, MD