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Urban Underserved Pathway (U2P)

Do you have an interest in primary care, health equity, and a passion for caring for our cities’ underserved patients? If so, the Urban Underserved Pathway (U²P) may be right for you. The U2P is the first programmatic offering under the larger CU2RE Program, a federally funded initiative designed to expand the number of students trained in family medicine, and primary care generally. Participants will have numerous opportunities to acquire the skills, knowledge, and expertise to care for underserved patients. In addition to population health management, service-learning and advocacy projects, students will have opportunities for publications and presentations at local and national conferences.

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  • Opportunities and Benefits
    • A consistent community-health faculty mentor
    • Early hands-on clinical experience, including telemedicine 
    • Enhanced curriculum on social determinants of health and caring for vulnerable patient populations 
    • Enriched training on practice transformation and value-based healthcare 
    • Specialized curriculum on healthy lifestyles including physical activity, nutrition, sleep, and behavior change
    • Engagment in a scholarly project and access to the Alabama Practice Based Research Network 
    • Access to scholarship funding to attend and present at state, regional or national meetings in primary care
    • Semi-annual programming on leadership and professional development 
    • Service learning with urban underserved patient populations
  • Modules
    • Bridging the Digital Divide: Telehealth and Primary Care
    • American Dream vs. American Reality: SDoH and Health Equity
    • Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Interprofessional Education and Collaboration
    • More for Less for All: Practice Transformation and the Quadruple Aim
    • Teach a Person to Fish: Motivational Interviewing
    • From Race, Racism, and Racialized Medicine to Anti-Racism
    • Health Policy for Vulnerable Populations: The Safety Net
    • Lifelong Learning: Putting Intercultural Curiosity and Compassion into Practice
    • Trauma-informed Care: When a Patient's Past Enters the Room
  • Four-year Curriculum Overview
    Four-year Curriculum Overview


CU2RE Is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $7.5 million with 10% financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official views of, nor an endorsement by, HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.