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In picturing a food desert, you likely don’t imagine a high-traffic urban area with a large population. Yet, they do exist, even right here in Denver.

A couple of months ago, I attended an event at the Westwood Food Cooperative, the first co-op grocery store in Denver’s Westwood neighborhood – an urban food desert.

Three Colorado communities, including Westwood, were recognized during the event for their efforts to improve the health of their residents. It was a moment for me and others to be present in Westwood, to see the nitty gritty of how the community operates and to witness the impact of our funding on their community-wide commitment.

We were lucky enough that evening to celebrate their success in

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Every strong philanthropic organization evolves to meet the current needs of those it serves. One definition of evolution that resonates with me: a process of gradual, peaceful, progressive change or development.

The Foundation is at a pivotal time in our history. I am thrilled to share with you how we continue to evolve for impact in order to ensure that every Coloradan, in every community, has the opportunity to be healthy.

Over the last year, we've become eminently clear about how and why we need to evolve. We've spent time learning about the people who we are charged to work on behalf of - low-income and vulnerable populations primarily. For us to affect positive change toward a healthier Colorado, we

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Last year, I was fortunate to participate in the #HealthiestCO Statewide Listening Tour with our President and CEO Karen McNeil-Miller. We wanted to hear from residents across the state, but also experience where and how our fellow Coloradans live. We wanted to meet people where they are. We hosted morning, afternoon and evening sessions. We gathered in wedding venues in Broomfield and Longmont, at the local fairgrounds in Fairplay, the botanic garden in Grand Junction and a private respite home in Steamboat.

One of my most vivid memories is from a small session in Walden. We met a handful of local leaders for breakfast at the North Park Medical Clinic that offers integrated care options for the town’s population of

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It's a new day, a new year, with many blank pages ahead. As we enter 2017, we continue to write this important story about how health takes shape in Colorado, and already there is much to put on paper.

For us, everything begins and ends with our mission: to improve the health of Coloradans. As the largest foundation in Colorado, we welcomed the new year with a renewed commitment to our mission. We intend to continue advancing opportunities to create lasting change for good health and health equity.

Earlier this month, we launched a new website and a new blog. These are important vehicles we use to help others understand how we are expanding our views about health. Having

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