The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is passionately dedicated to promoting health equity and cultural competency within DHREM and the Denver community. This is accomplished through community partnerships and initiatives within the residency. 


The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of the Denver Health Residency in Emergency Medicine and the University of Colorado Department of Emergency medicine are passionately committed to:


​1. Encouraging, supporting and providing equal opportunity to diverse individuals to be prepared and competitive to enter the field of medicine regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identification, or disability.​


2. Increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in medicine in order to advance performance through increased understanding, acceptance, and shared world views through pipeline programs, modeling, and support at the community, undergraduate and graduate level.


3. Assuring success and retention of diverse residents, junior faculty and faculty through education, exposure and mentorship with clear academic and community support.


4. Developing culturally sensitive evidence based health care practices and educational programs.


5. Reflecting the diversity of our surrounding communities and the world around us so that we may ensure exceptional health care and alleviate healthcare disparities and inequities by having diverse representation in all spheres of practice.


Founded in 2012 by residents Drs. Dowin Boatright and Java Tunson, staff member Christy Angerhofer, and faculty mentor Dr. Jeffrey Druck, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee at the Denver Health Residency in Emergency Medicine was originally developed to increase the number of under-represented minority (URM) candidates who were interviewed and matched at our program.

Since its inception, the committee has been dedicated to the recruitment of diverse applicants through a scholarship-based externship program, the hosting of an annual interdepartmental second-look event for minority applicants, and by increasing the involvement and visibility of URM faculty in the residency interview and recruitment process. 


The DE&I committee has broadened its scope including the coordination of a dedicated diversity curriculum introduced into our departmental conferences,  journal clubs, cultural appreciation events and programming, lectures on health policy and health disparities, group attendance of social justice events, and more, in collaboration with the Minority and Ally Resident Council of the University of Colorado. 

For more information, see this 2015 article published in Academic Medicine: "Increasing Resident Diversity in an Emergency Medicine Residency Program: A Pilot Intervention With Three Principal Strategies" by Tunson, Java MD; Boatright, Dowin MD, MBA; Oberfoell, Stephanie MD; Bakes, Katherine MD; Angerhofer, Christy; Lowenstein, Steven MD, MPH; Zane, Richard MD; King, Renee MD, MPH; Druck, Jeffrey MD.



DE&I in Didactics 


Our 2020 diversity externs have helped us revamp our diversity curriculum! With their help, we have developed an 8 hour two year revolving curriculum being presented during our departmental weekly conference, with additional supplemental sessions included in intern orientation, our clinical externships and available for asynchronous credit. 

University Collaborations

We work closely with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion through the School of Medicine, and with the Minority and Allied Resident Council, founded by our very own chief resident from the class of 2020, Dr. Jeremy Collado. The MARC invites residents and fellows across specialties and clinical sites through community gatherings and mentorship.  Through the MARC, we’ve had the opportunity to learn from leaders in the field of DE&I, and learn about health policy matters from our state legislators. 

A new DE&I Seed Grant was developed which will offer up to 5000$ in grant funding for up to two projects per year in order to create funded opportunities for DE&I scholarship. 


Our residents are involved with the mentorship of first generation medical students through the First Up program,  URM externship, and with mentorship of high school students through FACES https://facesforthefuture.org/denver/. We also participate nationally through information booths at EMRA, and annual procedure labs at the SNMA conference.


More details about our collaborations can be found here:



Denver Health is nationally recognized as an “LGBTQ+ Center of Excellence.” Denver Health is open, affirming and provides excellent care for ALL people and its mission is to be the source of healthcare for the LGBTQ+ community. 


As residents at DHREM, we are privileged to care for this community, and our residents and faculty are proud members, allies and advocates. Please reach out if you would like to be connected with a member of the LGBTQ+ community within our residency or faculty.



At-Risk Intervention Mentoring (AIM)


Founded in 2010 by Dr. Katie Bakes, AIM provides bedside interventions for youth and young adults (ages 14-27) presenting to the Denver Health Emergency Department after a violent injury (shooting, stabbing, assault). Clients are connected with needed medical, mental health and substance abuse services, support for school success, and job training and retention through focused mentoring and case management by highly-trained culturally-competent AIM outreach workers who have similar lived experiences. AIM is funded by city contributions, grand funding through the Office of Victims of Crime, and philanthropic donations. In 2019, Aim provided bedside interventions to 496 patients in Denver Health’s Emergency Department, along with many different community outreach events including trauma-informed care trainings and healing circles. The city of Aurora recently approved funding for an AIM expansion to the University of Colorado hospital.


FACES for the Future


FACES for the Future is a high school pipeline program based out of Manual High School that was started by Dr. Katie Bakes, based on the successful program in Oakland, California. It is designed to specifically serve underrepresented youth who may be challenged with academic achievement or have significant social stressors. FACES is a 2-year longitudinal program for high school students in their junior and senior years, for which students receive academic credit. A unique aspect of FACES is that it encompasses not only work-based experiential learning, but also provides educational enrichment.

Health Interest Program


The Healthcare Interest Program (HIP) is a grassroots Denver Health mentorship program that works to increase the success of underprivileged, underrepresented college students who are interested in careers in healthcare. HIP works with the University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Regis University of Denver to successfully enroll these students into the training or graduate school of their choice. Providers across Denver Health, including attendings within our Emergency Department, help provide specialized opportunities for these students.


Medical Career Collaborative


The Medical Career Collaborative (MC²) program propels high school students towards careers in healthcare through hands-on experiences and professional development opportunities. MC² is a two-year program, with programming activities taking place at both Denver Health and Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Want to learn more?


Please feel free to email any of the members of the DE&I committee to learn more! 

Current Leadership 


Dr. Jacqueline Ward-Gaines – Director of DE&I, jacqueline.ward-gaines@cuanschutz.edu

Dr. Katie Bakes – Community Outreach Director, katherine.bakes@dhha.org

Dr. Taylor McCormick – URM Externship Director, taylor.mccormick@denverem.org

Dr. Manuel Montano – Clerkship Director, manuel.montano@denverem.org

Christy Angerhofer – Diversity and Inclusion Professional, christy.angerhofer@denverem.org

Dr. Riku Moriguchi –  Resident Co-Chair, riku.moriguchi@denverem.org

Dr. Smitha Bhaumik – Resident Co-Chair, smitha.bhaumik@denverem.org

Dr. Vanji Murray – Health Equity Lead, evangelia.murray@denverem.org