Colorado Immersion Training

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What is Colorado Immersion Training?

Applications for the 2023 CCTSI Colorado Immersion Training (CIT) in Community Engagement are no longer accepting applications.

The Colorado Immersion Training (CIT) is a unique community-campus educational initiative that aims to introduce an expanded pool of researchers to community-based participatory research (CBPR) and community engagement. CIT supports a change in the research trajectory of junior faculty, early career researchers and doctoral students towards community engagement. CIT is a six-month program for researchers from all disciplines seeking new skills and knowledge in community engaged translational research.

  • Learn core principles of community-based participatory research and community engaged translational research
  • Develop skills to engage community partners in research
  • Spend time in a local Colorado community to learn first-hand about the community and begin relationship-building
  • Receive ongoing technical assistance and coaching from CCTSI Faculty and Staff
  • Learn about special funding opportunities

Who should apply?

CIT is for researchers from all health-related disciplines seeking new skills and knowledge in community engagement and CBPR. Faculty, early career researchers, instructors, fellows, post-doctoral researchers and doctoral students are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be housed at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus or another CCTSI-affiliated institution and have the ability to write grants. See the FAQ or application for additional information about eligibility. 

2023 Track

The Intersection of Colorado Communities

Track Description: An experience to engage multiple communities across Colorado to understand and work through the intersections that are being addressed in their respective communities. Throughout CIT we will explore the meaning of intersectionality, one definition being: the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage. Many communities have overlapping concerns such as housing, the economy and education. This training offers participants the opportunity to learn directly from the community about these topics and explore the link to health and health care.

2023 Program Dates*

  • Application Deadline: March 6th, 5:00 pm
  • Orientation: April 26, 2023,  5:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Directed Readings and Online Discussion: May 8 - June 2
  • Week Intensive in Community: June 5 - 9 (all day)
  • Program Debrief: July 12, 2023, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Follow up & Mentoring: July - October   

*Before you apply! Please ensure that you are available to participate in the entire course, which includes meetings, directed readings, five full-days/evenings in community in June and related follow-up activities. Partial participation is not permitted.

​​Please contact Kaylee Gordon, 760-963-7818 if you have any questions.