Former CU 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 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.
He 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.
Interim Chancellor Don Elliman is currently considering this proposal, that addresses:
- Principles of collaboration
- How partnerships should be managed and administered
- An initial inventory of current and future potential partners
- Specific initial objectives and outcomes that are consistent with long term goals.