In Good Health

The Colorado Health Foundation’s blog is designed to share perspectives, personal stories and what we are learning in our efforts to ensure that, across Colorado, each of us can say: “We have all we need to live healthy lives.”

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Just more than a month ago, we closed the books on our Colorado Health Symposium. At the event, we dug into inequity, with a special focus on racial inequity and racism, all of which prevents people from leading their healthiest lives.

We received feedback onsite and afterward through an evaluation survey. As I’m taking in all of the feedback, I thought it was important to share what we’ve heard because all feedback we receive is a gift that helps us to improve our work.

Those comments, not surprisingly, revealed many perspectives on inequity and what people took away from the conversation. Though more than 600 of us attended the same event, there were widely varying experiences. Lots of people were

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Health Equity
Race

In a documentary showcasing his life’s work, Dr. Licona eloquently shares his challenging, yet rewarding, journey as a grassroots activist:

“All of this, why? ... I’ve been able to focus my efforts within the health care arena to push forth those ideals that we had of the Chicano movement of improving the living status of our population, our communities and fighting for justice, fighting for equality. Fighting for those things that we think each one of us deserves, just because we are human beings and we breathe air, we’re on this planet and we’re in this together.”

Virgilio Licona
Dr. Virgilio Licona speaking at the inaugural Building Better Health conference, October 2014.

Inspired by Dr. Licona’s pioneering spirit, our new award program, the

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Health Equity
Board of Directors
Vision
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Since I’ve been at the Foundation, I have witnessed a desire – a thirst – to be bolder in how we work to impact Colorado. We strive to achieve that impact through our organization’s guiding vision. A few weeks ago at our annual Colorado Health Symposium, I shared our bold new vision: Across Colorado, each of us can say: “We have all we need to live healthy lives.”

We realized that we could achieve our former vision of making Colorado the healthiest state, yet still leave many of our friends and neighbors behind. Our new vision is supported by our belief that health is a basic human right and that we want everyone to enjoy that right. We

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Health Equity
Vision
Karen McNeil-Miller
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The violence that erupted this weekend in Charlottesville, Va., paints a vivid picture of why it is time for us to speak out against the hate, injustice and inequity that is plaguing our nation, our communities and our homes.

It was just a week to the day of the conclusion of the 2017 Colorado Health Symposium where we talked about the public health inequities caused by discrimination. The spotlight is now on Charlottesville. As a nation, we witnessed unacceptable acts of hate. And in the aftermath of this violence, we must come together and use our voices to speak out against hate crimes that we refuse to turn a blind eye to.

Symposium keynote speaker Sally Kohn, a columnist and