The Colorado Area Health Education Center System Program office is committed to supporting student group activities such as the Health Action Conference, which is organized by the LEADS student group.
What is the Health Action Conference?
The HAC is a combined conference and service project, whose objectives are to:
- Raise the profile of health access and advocacy issues on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus .
- Perform meaningful student-led service in our community.
- Welcome students to our action-oriented and conscientious student body.
The 2010 HAC will be the third annual conference.
What does the conference consist of?
A variety of former topics have been covered and the speakers, breakout sessions, and topics continue to expand. Former topics of note include: the role of physicians within health care reform, access to care among rural communities, and limited language proficiency and effective health care delivery.
In 2009, the service component of the conference was a free health fair, which took place at the North Aurora Family Health Services clinic. This health fair provided free vaccinations, dental screenings, vital sign screenings and other services to more than 100 children and families from the Aurora public school system.
Who was involved?
Students, faculty and staff from the Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora Lights high school students and staff from many community organizations were involved in the conference and health fair. Sponsors included:
- Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN)
- Health Care for All Coloradoans
- Colorado Asian Health Education and Promotion
- Envision Colorado
- Colorado Area Health Education Center System Program office (AHEC)
Each of these sponsors provided various services, panels and screenings. The conference could not have taken place without the support of the Colorado AHEC System Program office, MCPN, LEADS student group, CMS-MSS, and the Medical Student Council on the AMC, or the participation of students, faculty and staff from all organizations.
Our goal is to engage more students in health policy, create a more active student body for better health care access in Colorado, and continue to provide free services to the community in which we reside.
The 2010 HAC will take place August 20-21. More information will be available soon.