We believe health care is a right.
At Center for Health Progress, we have many enduring, passionate, and distinctive core beliefs that drive our work. These values guide every decision, every action, and every plan we make. If our values align with yours, we hope you’ll partner with us to help ensure our health care system works for everyone.
Mission & Vision
Our mission is to create opportunities and eliminate barriers to health equity for Coloradans. Currently, not everyone has the same opportunity to access health care and live a healthy life. Factors like race, income, education, and ZIP code are overwhelmingly accurate predictors of a person’s health outcomes and access to health care, and that’s not how a good health care system works. We believe health care is a right, so we fight for laws and policies that make it possible for everyone to care for themselves and their families.
Access to care: We believe that all Coloradans should have access to timely, quality, and affordable health care services regardless of their income, education level, race, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, community of residence, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or other life circumstances.
Broad definition of health: We embrace a broad definition of health, to include physical, mental, and oral health. We understand that where we live, learn, work, play, and other factors can have a greater impact on how we thrive than medical care.
Systemic and structural factors: We believe it is important to understand and address the historical and structural barriers that lead to inequitable access to the health care system and health inequities, and that addressing inequity must happen at the individual, community, institutional, and system level.
Research and data: We believe that a commitment to evidence in data, research, and lived experiences will lead to positive change. We also believe that evidence should be a launching point for creative solutions that are still unproven in the literature or community.
Collaboration and partnerships: We believe in order to make meaningful change happen in our health care system, we must find ways to work together, despite political views, financial interests, or other internal conflicts. This requires policies and solutions rooted in common ground across political parties and varied viewpoints.
Community and resident-centered: We believe the health care system should be built to serve patients and families first. As such, we believe residents and community leaders must be integrally involved in the development and implementation of solutions.
Solution-oriented: We believe that every problem has a solution. So when a barrier to health equity is identified, we take a close look at what’s happening to find the direct and indirect ways to address the issue. We work on the ground with Coloradans to ensure that the source of a barrier is identified and addressed, not just for now, but for the long haul.
Our Commitment to Health Equity
To fulfill our mission and long-term ambitions, we commit to championing health equity policies and practices. Health equity embodies the values, policies, and practices that work to eliminate preventable health disparities and inequitable access to health care, especially for those who have historically faced health inequities based on race/ethnicity, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, poverty, geography, citizenship status, or religion.