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I didn’t think it was possible, but as I wrap up my first year as president and CEO of the Colorado Health Foundation, I am even more excited than when I first arrived. I’m more excited about the work. I’m more excited at the opportunity to work with you to make positive things happen in the lives and in the health of Coloradans. And I’m more excited about the people.

Oh, the people! I have been so inspired by the people I met on the #HealthiestCO Statewide Listening Tour. The plan was for me to visit the entirety of Colorado to learn about health needs, concerns and assets within communities across the state. The tour was an opportunity for grantees,

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Karen McNeil-Miller
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Wow, thanks to those who joined us for the Colorado Health Symposium last month. I hope all who attended or participated online were as inspired and emboldened to act as I was. Throughout the conference, we were reminded that we all have a role to play in community health, no matter who we are or what we do. And now, we are ready to turn ideas into action and actions into a movement. Information does not make a movement…ACTION makes a movement.

In case you missed it, I shared my thoughts about starting a movement to make sure every person and every entity believes and acts as if they have a role in creating health in their communities. Beginning with

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Colorado Health Symposium
Karen McNeil-Miller
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July 2016

Next week is a big one for me. My staff and I are hosting the annual Colorado Health Symposium and it will be my first time experiencing this event. I’m looking forward to meeting and talking with those attending in person, but there are many other Colorado residents who won’t be in the Keystone Conference Center with us, which is why we are hosting a live stream for much of the event. If you won’t be with us in Keystone, make sure to join the conversation by watching the morning and keynote speakers online.

This event is a key moment during the year when we get to hear from and engage with people and organizations devoted to

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Colorado Health Symposium
Karen McNeil-Miller
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Dr. Leana Wen, health commissioner for the city of Baltimore, shared a striking idea in a recent TEDx talk: that public health is the lens through which we can address poverty, discrimination, injustice and violence. Dr. Wen, who is scheduled to speak at our annual Colorado Health Symposium next month, urged all of us to redefine the role of public health in the 21st century as an urban solution and a critical social justice tool. She remarked, "If the currency of inequality is years of life, then the opposite of poverty is health.” 

What a notion. At the Colorado Health Foundation, the lens through which we view our mission to improve the health of Coloradans is similar to

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