Our health should not be determined by the color of our skin or the size of our paycheck.
The health care system we have only adequately serves a portion of our population because of the way it was designed and built. The root causes of the problem are economic, social, and racial injustices that are embedded in our society. In order to achieve health equity, we must concentrate resources where the need is greatest. We’re working to change what the health care system’s responsibility is in achieving health equity by facilitating conversations with leaders around the state, building relationships with health systems and decision makers, and introducing these ideas into the public and political narrative.
We’re taking action.
If we want to work on the inequities that exist in our systems and institutions, we have to work on our ourselves first. So, we’re taking a critical look at our policies, our work culture, and every aspect of our internal operations to make sure we live our values the best that we can. This work is guided by:
- OUR VALUES – We have made a Commitment to Health Equity that is our North Star for this work
- OUR STAFF – Our Collective Liberation Committee meets monthly, along with a consultant to support our learning, so that we can build internal capacity to 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. These include:
- GRAPHIC NOVEL – Waiting for Health Equity
- DATA BRIEF – Health: A White Privilege
- INFOGRAPHICS – Health Perspective Series
- BLOG POSTS – Health Equity
We need health system insiders to be champions for health equity within their organizations. We’ve launched a two-year leadership and learning program that will support cohort members in developing and implementing internal policy changes.
Legislative Equity Program
We need policymakers to be champions for health equity at the Capitol. We’re piloting a program that provides technical assistance for elected officials to learn and apply health equity frameworks to the lawmaking process.
Center for Health Progress is one of 18 organizations that receive resources from The Colorado Trust to strengthen the field of health equity through advocacy. We are strengthening our relationships with these and other organizations to address access to health care, food, transportation, housing, employment, education, child care, and other issues with a racial equity lens. We share skills and knowledge, collaborate on projects, and work together in order to tear down the systems that hold back some of our neighbors from having an opportunity to live a healthy life. Learn more:
For more information, please contact our Director of Communications, Sarah McAfee.