A few years ago, I found myself facing a new chapter in my life. I had just graduated from college, and was about to begin a Public Interest Fellowship with what was then the Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved.
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.
Colorado is my home now, but it wasn’t my first home. And since I work primarily with refugee and immigrant populations in Fort Morgan, I can relate to that experience. They are often considered “the other.”
I’ve always appreciated that even when the issues are complex and partisan, Colorado’s legislative session has felt largely cooperative. But it didn’t feel that way this year to me.
While the headlines have focused on just how partisan an issue health care has become, a funny thing happened: health care reform has actually become a more bipartisan issue.
I’m a mommy and a wife. I’m a born and raised Alaskan that has built snow caves to sleep in and fed moose by hand. I have won spelling bees, trained dolphins, and completed (very, very slowly) ten sprint triathlons.
As a member-based network of health alliances from around the state, the Network provides a unique space for learning and networking. We embrace any opportunity to brag about the incredible work these groups are doing!
I hear the term “minority” used a lot, but it is not one that I—or Center for Health Progress—will use when talking about people of color or women.
Our new name, Center for Health Progress, reflects the collaborative nature of our work. “Center” communicates the way we work together to ensure our health care system works for all Coloradans, and “Health Progress” is a reminder of the goal of our efforts.
In Colorado, data show that 32% of Coloradans haven’t seen a dentist in the last year, and poor oral health is disproportionately experienced among communities of color. Beyond insurance and access, Colorado can and should take important public health steps to promote good oral health.
After completing my grocery shopping—my cart filled with veggies, meats, and fruits—I headed to the checkout. However, when I swiped my Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, it was declined.