Along with education, patient care, and research, community engagement is one of the four pillars undergirding CU Anschutz's 2021-25 Strategic Framework. For the purposes of this strategic process, community engagement is defined as:
partnership and collaboration in alliance with communities for positive impact. This begins with our neighbors in the North Aurora community. We serve and partner with residents, small and large businesses, schools, hospitals and clinics, ALL faith-based or spiritual organizations, non-profit organizations, those working and serving the Anschutz Medical Campus communities, and marginalized and oppressed communities (including but not limited to Black/African American/African, Hispanic/Latinx/Chicano, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Pacific Islander, Vietnamese, lower SES, LGBTQIA+, Disabled, Veterans, Unhoused, Tribal, Rural, Immigrant, Refugee). Efforts should support, unite, and drive pathway initiatives that positively impact the health and wellbeing of communities in mission-focused areas of education, research, clinical care, and community outreach and engagement utilizing shared decision-making and social values.