Our systems and institutions should meet the needs of all Coloradans in a way that is just and equitable.
The health care system we have only adequately serves a portion of our population because of the way it was designed and built. This is unacceptable. In order to achieve health equity, we must concentrate resources where the need is greatest. Coloradans—especially those who have been historically left out—should have an ally in the room and a seat at the decision-making table to shape health care systems in their community.
Health equity embodies the values, policies, and practices that work to eliminate health disparities and inequitable access to health care. Learn more about our commitment to health equity:
- We are committed to fostering the physical, social, and cultural conditions that will allow Colorado to achieve health equity.
- We are invested in the collective liberation of ourselves and our communities.
- We continuously work to restructure systems and institutions that harm our communities and diminish achievements for people of color, as well as challenge ourselves, as an organization and as people, to always be learning and realigning our work for health equity.
- We are strongly committed to calling out the dynamics—historical, cultural, institutional, and interpersonal—that routinely advantage white people while producing adverse outcomes for people of color.
As part of our commitment to health equity, we convene an internal Collective Liberation Committee, which meets monthly to help us challenge various forms of oppression and privilege in our own work and environment.
Our state leaders need well-informed data and perspectives in order to make smart decisions and achieve health equity. So, we produce reports, infographics, and other products that break down why health disparities exist and what we can do about them.
Explore our engaging health equity publications:
- GRAPHIC NOVEL – Waiting for Health Equity
- DATA BRIEF – Health: A White Privilege
- INFOGRAPHICS – Health Perspective Series
- FACTSHEETS – Action for Equity Series
Health Equity Advocacy
Center for Health Progress is one of 18 organizations throughout Colorado that receive resources from The Colorado Trust to strengthen the field of health equity through advocacy. Together, we are leading the state in ending inequities that affect racial, ethnic, low-income, and other vulnerable people and communities, so that everyone has just and equitable opportunities to achieve good health. We are strengthening our relationships with other organizations and individuals to address food access, transportation, housing, employment, education, child care, and more. We work in our communities and collaborate on statewide efforts, we share skills and knowledge, participate in racial justice trainings, and share messaging and ideas in order to the tear down the systems that hold back some of our neighbors from having an opportunity to live a healthy life.
For more information, please contact our Director of Communications, Sarah McAfee.