Colorado Black Health Collaborative

The Colorado Black Health Collaborative‘s (CBHC) mission is to achieve health equity in Colorado’s Black Community.  

CBHC is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following projects:

  • Information Dissemination: We would like help turning our in-person trainings focused on health education and screenings into online/recorded training modules to increase our reach to community members.
  • Literature Review: We are interested in researching the unknown/buried history of Black/African Americans who have contributed to health and wellness of the Black community here in Colorado.
  • Creative Work: We would like a DU partner to create a miniature model floorplan and (if possible) a virtual tour of a barbershop/salon to showcase CBHC’s education and screening programs held in those locations.
  • Research Design: We are open to working with students who want to learn more about the Black community by respectfully engaging with our community and have self-directed research project ideas.

Generation Exchange

Generation Exchange‘s mission is to make technology easier, more accessible, and empowering for older adults through the one-on-pairing with student mentors in workshops. We also strive to create meaningful experiences for our mentors as they benefit from the wisdom and experience of their older counterparts. 

Generation Exchange is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following projects:

  • Internship: Work with Generation Exchange to design and implement a free pilot workshop at DU where older adult (40+) mentees are paired with DU student volunteer mentors to learn about technology of interest. From this pilot, we would like to explore potential for creating a DU Chapter that sustains free technology workshops through the year. 
  • Program Evaluation: We would like to improve our understanding of mentee needs and better inspire knowledge exchange between mentees and mentors. Some questions we want to explore include:  
    • How can we enhance our Mentees self-assessment of which tech questions they will explore with their Mentors?  We wish to evaluate this approach in order to discover if we and they are missing additional fruitful areas of exploration because they “don’t know what they don’t know”.
    • We’d like to evaluate and improve our process of pairing the needs of our self-directed older-adult Mentees with the resources and interests of our younger-adult Mentors. 
    • We’d like to evaluate our approach to reversing the Mentor / Mentee roles in our workshops and design more powerful techniques from that evaluation. 
    • We’d like to evaluate our current Mentor and Mentee outreach methodologies in order to design for broader application of outreach methods in other communities. 
  • Research Design: We would like to conduct psychological research that explores Karl Groos’ notion of “the pleasure at being the cause” as it pertains to our older adult mentees by exploring their desire to have the ability to cause predictable effects in their world. We believe older adult’s loss of roles and technological literacy is a precursor to detachment from one’s own identity and thus subsequent experiences of isolation and depression. We wish to explore and possibly prove that: 1) Our assumptions about the correlation of “caused effect” with optimism versus isolation and depression are valid, and 2) Our techniques and methodology for enhancing “the pleasure at being the cause” are valid and effective.