The DAWN Clinic
Empower the underserved, Inspire future healthcare leaders, Transform Aurora’s health.
- We provide patient centered care to meet the needs of the diverse underserved population of Aurora.
- We collaborate with community partners to overcome socioeconomic and cultural barriers to patient health and wellness.
- We cultivate passion for underserved healthcare through interprofessional teamwork.
- We foster future providers to become leaders who are proponents for change in primary care.
DAWN is an interdisciplinary student-run free clinic that will serve uninsured patients from the Aurora community. Our goals are two-fold: to provide the best healthcare possible to our neighbors in need, and to provide an opportunity for University of Colorado students to collaborate with and learn from each other while serving the community surrounding the Anschutz Medical Campus. The clinic was created as a joint venture between the Fields Foundation and Primary Care Progress.The clinic will be open to uninsured adult patients living in Original Aurora on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 9:00 PM. To determine if you are eligible to be seen at the DAWN clinic, please see the eligibility page.
The DAWN clinic is located at 1445 Dayton St, Aurora, CO 80010. Please see the Clinic Hours and Location page for details and directions.
- Increase interdisciplinary clinical service learning between medical, pharmacy, behavioral health, physical therapy, physician assistant, nursing, dental, and public health students early in professional training.
- Expose students to an innovative, medical home-style practice environment with the goal to bolster the primary care workforce supply to meet an acutely rising demand in our urban communities.
- Foster mentorship between primary care faculty and health professional students towards the same goal.
- Provide a forum for Aurora residents and Anschutz students to share their lives and communities.
- Work with community-based organizations and providers to deliver a much needed adult health care access point for Original Aurora residents.
- Join our colleagues around the Anschutz campus to achieve the major goals outlined in the UCH Community Health Needs Assessment 2013 Implementation Plan.
We practice and promote a culture of safety among our members to provide the best care for our patients.
"As much as possible for the patient, as little as possible to the patient" - Dr. Bernard Lown
For more information, please visit the Do No Harm Project website at the University of Colorado.
The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is located in the heart of one of Colorado’s most economically challenged and underserved regions. Census estimates indicate an uninsured rate upwards of 45% in neighborhoods immediately adjacent to the Anschutz Medical Campus. Before 2013 there existed zero safety-net primary care clinics in the 80010 zip code.
The University of Colorado 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) identifies Access to Care, Mental Health, and Obesity as particular community needs. The CHNA Implementation Plan seeks to address these needs by building community partnership, improving community capacity, and promoting public policy that improves health and wellness in Original Aurora. To these ends, the University has made strides, collaborating with MCPN in 2013 and early 2014, supporting the Refugee Wellness Center and Bridges to Care Program. These efforts have begun to improve access to care for particular populations with Medicaid insurance. However, there still exist a number of exceptions to the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate and uninsured adults still have incredible difficulty accessing primary care.
University of Colorado School of Medicine survey data indicates that over 50% of third-year medical students alone are interested in either primary care, underserved medicine, or both. Student collaboration to organize our clinic has provided us meaningful exposure to self-declared areas of interest in health care, enriched by local and national experts in health care innovation and access.
For more information please contact Primary Care Progress Colorado.
It has been over 10 years since Javad Marshall-Fields and his financé Vivian Wolfe were tragically murdered while driving on Dayton Street in Aurora on June 20, 2005. The two Colorado State University graduates were ambushed by criminals trying to prevent Javad from testifying in an upcoming murder trial (click here to read news coverage of the incident).
On Sunday, March 1, 2015, the Dayton Street Opportunity Center officially opened its doors with the goal of preventing tragedies like that which claimed the lives of Javad Marshall-Fields and Vivian Wolfe on the same street nearly 10 years before.
During the trial for Javad and Vivian’s murder, it was revealed that the perpetrators had dropped out of high school, were second or third generation family members to be incarcerated and had limited opportunities in their respective communities. The goal of the Dayton Street Opportunity Center is to reduce factors like these and create more opportunities for youth, families, and children in Aurora who might otherwise turn to a life of crime.
Following their tragic loss, the mothers of Javad and Vivian – Rhonda Fields and Christine Wolfe – met at Fields’ home and discussed their shared desire to make victim advocacy, social justice, and education a community priority. They created the Fields Wolfe Memorial Fund to ensure all children from the ages of zero to 24 have a fair, safe, healthy, head start toward a successful passage to adulthood. Fields has since created the non-profit Fields Foundation and ran to serve in the Colorado State Legislature as the Representative for House District 42.
In 2012, in an effort to provide assistance and opportunities for Aurora’s children and youth, the Fields Foundation began to recruit institutions and community partners to address the multitude of social and environmental risk factors that cause Aurora’s children to struggle academically and engage in unhealthy, risky behaviors. This effort led to the creation of the Dayton Street Opportunity Center which officially opened on March 1, 2015.