Chancellor Wartgow, who oversaw the accreditation process that established the two Denver campuses as a unified entity, has repeatedly emphasized the opportunities for mutually beneficial collaborations between the University of Colorado Denver and Colorado’s communities. In this context, he charged a small team of senior faculty—the authors of this report, to which has been added a staff coordinator—to propose a master framework into which present and future community health partnership activities with local neighborhoods can fit, and to further recommend how such a structure would look and work. (See Appendix 1 for the full text of our charge.)
Chancellor Wartgow directed that the ultimate goal of the framework and the work that occurs within it be to improve the health of our neighbors, and to measure and report progress on improvements to their health. He aligned this charge with the University’s Strategic Plan 2008-2020 and asked for a respectful, inclusive, realistic approach sensitive to current roles and responsibilities of pertinent organizations. He emphasized that this report should presume not to repurpose programs but rather to encourage working together to augment the University’s mission and priorities.
The Chancellor specifically requested that we address:
- Principles of collaboration
- How partnerships should be managed and administered
- An initial inventory of current and future potential partners
- Some specific initial objectives and outcomes that are consistent with long term goals.
This report is a response to this charge:
Community Engagement Report to the Chancellor, 4/2012
Report to the Chancellor Community Engagement
Full Survey Data Document (Qualitative Analysis)
Full Survey Data