Denver Health strongly values community engagement and established a Community Advisory Panel (CAP) that has served as a core component of the agency’s Center for Health Systems Research department. The CAP consists of community members who reflect and represent DH's diverse patient population. Members bring insight from their personal experiences as patient advocates, healthcare consumers and small business owners. Others are professionals who dedicate their careers to advocating for the communities they represent. The CAP provides a venue for continuous engagement through educating researchers about practical considerations and sensitivities for patients. In addition to supporting research, the CAP recently expanded to provide greater community input on operational activities such as hiring key clinical positions and biomedical ethical issues. The CAP was established in 2013 as part of an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) infrastructure grant and in 2018 transitioned from grant support to internal support within Denver Health’s Office of Research.