In concluding my time on the board of directors with Center for Health Progress, I want to offer some reflections and immense thanks for such an extraordinary experience. I experienced remarkable organizational change with Center for Health Progress staff and my board colleagues, over this past decade.
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.
I recently became Mental Health First Aid certified. The first thing I did after class was ask Mental Health Center of Denver about counseling services.
We have had community organizers in the field in Pueblo and Fort Morgan for 15 months now, talking with community members about health equity and getting to know their stories.
The business case for health equity largely exists at the highest US health care system level. Where are the incentives (besides, you know, doing the right thing) for hospitals, clinics, providers, and others that hold power in our health care system to change their business practices to reduce health disparities?
Last month, I hopped on a red-eye flight to New Orleans for the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ International Fundraising Conference. It would be the first conference I’d attend specifically geared toward fundraising, and I was excited to see that this year’s theme was Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA).
The connection of oral health to overall health is well-established. Unfortunately, the way we have set up our health care system has created a false distinction that separates our physical, oral, and behavioral health.
As I look back on the 2018 legislative session, two big successes stand out to me. First, we moved parts of our policy change agenda forward despite some challenging opposition, and second, we were able to work with legislators across different content areas, moving beyond just those focused on health care issues.
Throughout my life, I’ve belonged to many organizations and clubs—from soccer teams to school clubs, trade associations, and national advocacy organizations. These experiences have provided lessons around how “membership” can be completely different depending on the group context, norms, policies, and practices.
With the CCRD in place, Coloradans who face discrimination in areas of housing, employment, and public spaces have somewhere to turn for help. They investigate claims of illegal discrimination and enforce anti-discrimination laws.
For many of us, we don’t often have to think about broadband—a term that describes a range of technologies that provide high-speed access to the internet—but it’s a problem for many communities in our country.