This post was written by Gretchen Hammer, a previous member of our team.
One of the key arts of leadership is not to just listen, but also to learn and integrate. It takes all of these steps to create authentic engagement.
And what an engaged group the people of Colorado are! As a Colorado native, I am proud of the high level of civic engagement I’ve witnessed over the past few months.
The Colorado Health Benefit Exchange is benefiting significantly from the large numbers of Coloradans authentically engaged in its formation. Hundreds of people continue to participate through the workgroups, Board meetings, and committees. I am grateful for such interest and commitment from these individuals to engage in the important conversations we need to build a high-functioning health insurance exchange marketplace in our state.
Coloradans are engaging in the health care conversation in other ways, too. Communities across the state have shared their stories through Colorado HealthStory, illustrating their experience of health and building a larger picture of health in Colorado.
CCMU did some engaging of our own this summer, starting strategic and deliberate conversations with some of our key partners about our work and mission. We were eager to understand their perspective and get their opinion about whether or not we are on the right track and focused on the right things. Hearing the feedback of valued colleagues has been invigorating for us as an organization and validated our ongoing work to improve the health care system for the underserved, to the benefit of all Coloradans.
I am proud and grateful to live in a state where people are engaged in making positive change. I look forward to many more conversations with all of you!
Ready to engage? Join the conversation at our Annual Conference on October 14!