NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Little Clinic and King Soopers have partnered with University of Colorado health professionals to develop new initiatives, including a clinical affiliation agreement, to expand health-and-wellness services.
The CU School of Medicine, College of Nursing and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, along with University Physicians Inc., King Soopers and The Little Clinic have entered into a clinical affiliation agreement.
Under the agreement, The Little Clinic locations inside select King Soopers will provide training to students from the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, and CU School of Medicine faculty will serve on the advisory board as well as participate in collaborative health care between the physicians and The Little Clinic.
“We share a common goal with King Soopers and The Little Clinic to strengthen our communities by working together to ensure access to health-and-wellness services,” stated Lilly Marks, VP health affairs for the University of Colorado and executive vice chancellor for the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. “Solutions to some of the more preventable health issues of our time can only be discovered through innovative programs and partnerships such as these.”
The Little Clinic currently operates 14 locations in select King Soopers across the Front Range.
This affiliation agreement follows two other programs at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus already supported by the grocer, including an educational grocery lab at the new Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. This project aims to help consumers get the most nutrition out of their food shopping dollars. The lab will help shoppers improve their diet quality to help them eat healthier, lose weight or meet nutritional requirements to manage such health conditions as diabetes.
While the grocery lab works with adults, a third program, called 5th Gear Kids, connects with children. The Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, along with Children’s Hospital Colorado, the Aurora Public Schools, the Cherry Creek School District and King Soopers, designed the program to address the rising rates of childhood obesity.
Additional programs, including a mammography van, are in the planning stages.