Upon my arrival to the United States, I quickly discovered I had a lot to learn about the English language even though I was fluent. I speak six languages and am starting to study a seventh, and they are all awfully important to me.
We provide well-informed data and perspectives on Colorado’s health care system.
As thought leaders working in communities and at the Capitol, we share information about what’s working in our health system and what’s not. As we lead the public dialogue, we hope to offer a big-picture view of the health care system and to help Colorado find common ground.
Some of the people I admire most have had to take huge personal risks to be their authentic selves, fulfill their potential as human beings, and fight for their own health and happiness. So, I wanted to express my love of and admiration for the LGBT community, and specifically transgender and genderqueer Coloradans.
Last year, I had the honor of being appointed to Colorado’s Health Equity Commission (HEC) and have been bringing my community organizing background and social justice values to the government in this exciting way.
This year my goal list looks like it does most years—exercise daily, dedicate more time to playing the guitar, and read a book a month. But this year I’ve added a new goal: commit to giving gratitude more frequently.
As we approach the one-year anniversary of the release of our award-winning graphic novel, Waiting for Health Equity, I’ve been reflecting on all it’s accomplished in just one short year.
I’ve been reflecting on the mixed messages we’re sending patients about where and how they should access health care. The message we’re sending is that urgent and emergency care is faster, more convenient, and higher quality than primary care.
By charging per service for health care, there is little incentive to address the root cause of a patient’s condition, or even to actually improve a patient’s health.
We spent the better part of 2017 doing a deep dive into goal setting as part of our strategic planning. The result is our 2018-2020 Strategic Framework.
It’s been quite a year. As we enter 2018, we will keep fighting health disparities and ensuring all Coloradans have the opportunity to live a healthy life.
My family’s story is a story shared by millions of immigrants in the United States of America. It is a story of building a new life and creating new opportunities for themselves and their children.