By: Stephanie Spriggs, CIVHC Grant Writer and Report Specialist
University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus is a dominating feature of the landscape in North Aurora. The world-class facility, providing world-class care, is surrounded by one of the most economically depressed communities in the state. Using the resources of the Anschutz Campus, the newly-opened DAWN Clinic is working to combat the disparity in health care for the area’s vulnerable citizens.
DAWN Clinic – Dedicated to Aurora’s Wellness and Needs – is part of the Dayton Street Opportunity Center operated by the Fields Foundation. The Opportunity Center was born of tragedy. Javad Marshall-Fields and Vivian Wolfe, two soon-to-be-married University of Colorado graduates, were murdered on Dayton Street in 2005. Not content to dwell on their loss, mothers Rhonda Fields and Christine Wolfe, became campaigners for social justice, victim advocacy, and education in the community. The Opportunity Center is designed to address the social factors that created the environment in which Javad and Vivian’s killers grew up and provide resources to help children to avoid risky behaviors.