Community voices are missing from important conversations.
Immigrants, refugees, people without health insurance, those with experience with the department of corrections, people with disabilities, LGBT Coloradans, and those who are directly impacted by the changes made to the health care system rarely get asked to share their ideas, experiences, and opinions on our health care system. Because of this, the health care system does not work for everyone the same way.
So, we are building a multi-racial grassroots movement to hold the health care system responsible for their role in making progress towards health equity. We’re supporting the leadership development of Coloradans who have historically faced racial discrimination and poverty, and holding space in the decision-making process for our community to determine how the health care system should work for them and their families.
Grassroots community organizing is a powerful tool in challenging and changing systems that exclude those who are most marginalized. We are building a base of leaders who are ready to speak out against injustices in the health care system, training advocates for change, and supporting the initiatives of patients and consumers most directly impacted by systemic barriers.
We believe that the best way to improve the health care system is to empower our neighbors with tools and knowledge so they can advocate for the change they need. Center for Health Progress pairs grassroots organizing with leadership development to offer community members the opportunities to build their leadership skills and become the best community health leaders they can be.
Active Local Organizing
Over the last 20 years, we’ve been building strong relationships with local health leaders, statewide decision makers, and elected officials to be a strong consumer advocate. Now, Center for Health Progress is deepening our roots and commitments to community members. We’re launching a grassroots community organizing program to build a leadership pipeline to some of the most influential spaces within the systems that deliver health to Coloradans. We believe that the members of our community that don’t have equal access to health and health care need to be at the table designing and overseeing the implementation of health care reforms. With a strengths-based approach, we are in communities across the state, listening to people and their families, and supporting their leadership to guide the next phase of health care innovation and reform in Colorado.
If you would like to get involved in this work, please contact our Director of Community Organizing, Maggie Gómez.