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Courtney Carag
2020

Courtney Carag

The David Chow Humanitarian 2020 Award

Courtney (“Crow”) Carag is proprietor of Community Care Collective. She works with patients of all ages and backgrounds. She commonly treats pediatric conditions, hormonal imbalances, women’s health issues, digestive issues, chronic inflammatory conditions, and provides pre- and post-surgical care to optimize healing. Courtney has always provided a sliding scale to make payments affordable for all patients and also provides free treatments. Her practice has also provided various support groups since 2016.

In response to COVID-19, Courtney has recently shifted her humanitarian efforts. In March 2020, as soon as she realized that it might no longer be safe to see her clients in person or for her organization to carry on with their in-person programming, she explored other possibilities for how she could best support her community. She turned her resources to serving people without housing in Denver. She has no professional background in food security but that did not deter her from figuring out how to serve her community members. She realized that people experiencing homelessness would quickly be competing for access to food given the number of people who, overnight, had to turn to food banks as businesses throughout our city closed their doors. Courtney began to mobilize new resources so that she could put together and deliver hundreds of lunches, dinners, bottled water, and hygiene supplies to unhoused people in downtown Denver six days a week. She has been doing this work every week since mid-March with few people assisting her and scant funds and this branch of her work has become a permanent facet of her work. She is now laying the foundation required to make food security an additional major component of her organization’s mission and programming. She plans to refurbish a shuttered grocery store in her organization’s neighborhood which is now a food desert and have the store operate as a donation-based grocery store where anyone can shop for affordable/free fresh foods with dignity.

Courtney received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and her Master’s in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Bastyr University. She performed her Residency at a general family practice clinic in the Vail Valley. She also teaches Pharmacology at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Denver. She has worked and studied internationally, including three internships integrating Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine in China & Taiwan. Additionally, she has advanced training in Pediatrics, Women’s Health and Fertility, Digestive Health, Visceral Manipulation, Homeopathy, and Detoxification/ Drug Recovery Support.