Community Engagement is built into our Primary Care Track curriculum with protected educational time for learning and activities. It is a requirement for our track with opportunities to grow or develop other community engagement projects throughout residency
In their R1 year, PC interns participate in a half day session to learn about local resources for social determinants of health factors that commonly affect our patients, get to know their clinic neighborhood, and then serve a meal at a local shelter as a group.
In their R2 year, PC residents work as a clinic team to develop health education presentations on a common primary care core topic for a patient audience. They present topics at a partnered Denver Housing Authority site based on proximity to clinic, with aims to develop longitudinal community-based collaborations for health education.
In their R3 year during a required PC selective rotation, residents work weekly at DAWN Health. In this role they supervise medical students as they meet the needs of the diverse, underserved population of Aurora, Colorado. Residents have the option to volunteer here throughout their residency as well.
Residents teach about high blood pressure and bring in pantry items to examine salt content
Residents teach about how technology can help patients manage their health.
Residents teach about telehealth, EMR, and blood pressure devices