Partnerships key to program’s success

Guest Contributor
University Communications
September 19, 2013

​AURORA, Colo. – The CU Undergraduate Pre-Health Program (UPP) based on the Anschutz Medical Campus has been recognized by the Excelencia in Education review team with an Honorable Mention for the 2013 Examples of Excelencia.

“We are truly honored to be recognized as an Honorable Mention example of Excelencia,” said Dominic F. Martinez, MA, senior director, Office of Inclusion and Outreach CU Anschutz Medical Campus. “The Undergraduate Pre-Health Program would not be as successful without the support of our amazing preceptors who provide invaluable experiences for the participants of our program.

The award notification states “the staff wanted to recognize the impact of the innovative and promising approach that your program has on Latino students.”

UPP partners with Kaiser Permanente Health Plan of Colorado for the 13-month program. Both organizations are committed to helping increase the number of historically-underrepresented individuals within the health care professions for the purpose of reducing health disparities among underserved communities in Colorado.

Participants learn about health disparities, diseases that are impacting their community and the prevention and treatment options for the diseases. The courses are taught by CU Anschutz Medical Campus faculty, staff, and students and include lectures, demonstrations, laboratory research and professional development.

UPP will be honored at an event in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 1, 2013.

Martinez shares the acknowledgement “I would like to thank the Graduate School, the Colorado Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI), and Kaiser Permanente for their financial support of the Undergraduate Pre-Health Program.”

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