Transform Aurora’s health,
support the underserved,
educate and inspire future
healthcare leaders.

 

Our Story

D AWN is the product of community partnership and primary care advocacy. In the fall of 2013, a group of Aurora community leaders as well as interprofessional learners and faculty from the Anschutz medical campus gathered. It was a convening meeting to launch a local chapter of Primary Care Progress (now Intend Health Strategies) and discuss what could be done to support primary care on the Anschutz medical campus and in the Aurora community. Many ideas were generated and there were two emergent conclusions from that meeting:
(1) There was a large unmet need for primary care in the Aurora community, particularly for the uninsured and this was evidenced by recent community needs assessments and voiced by community health leaders and
(2) The interprofessional faculty and students (who had mostly not met prior to that day!) were inspired to work together to have the academic community be a part of the solution.

The idea of starting an interprofessional, student-run clinic was born. The interprofessional health students, resident physicians and faculty took to classrooms, campus meetings and informal gatherings to welcome all interested into the work. Almost every health profession from the Anschutz Medical Campus joined along with psychology learners and faculty from Denver University. The movement would not have turned into a reality without the support of partners in the community. The Fields Foundation was a local 501c3 that had been desiring to start providing healthcare services for years. Under sponsorship from the Fields Foundation and in partnership with many other valued community organization supporters, Dedicated to Aurora’s Wellness and Needs (DAWN) was opened in March 2015.

DAWN has continued to grow and expand since 2015, incorporating specialty care services, social services navigation, adding educational initiatives and innovating based on input from community. It incorporated as its own non-profit, 501c3 entity in late 2018.


Vision

Support the underserved, Educate and Inspire future health leaders, Transform Aurora’s health.


Mission

  1. We provide patient centered care to meet the needs of the diverse underserved population of Aurora.
  2. We collaborate with community partners to overcome socioeconomic and cultural barriers to patient health and wellness.
  3. We cultivate passion for underserved healthcare through interprofessional teamwork.
  4. We foster future providers to become leaders who are proponents for change in primary care.
 

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