In Good Health

The Colorado Health Foundation’s blog is designed to share perspectives, personal stories and what we are learning in our efforts to ensure that, across Colorado, each of us can say: “We have all we need to live healthy lives.”

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This year’s Colorado Health Symposium, in Keystone Aug. 2-4, is titled Let’s Talk About…Inequity. Inequity… Some are lucky enough to never experience it, while for others it’s a daily occurrence.

I once heard that everyone has a piece of the truth. That saying affected me and has been one of my core beliefs ever since. If you want to get the truth, you have to talk to as many people as possible to get their piece or you end up with an incomplete truth.

My truth about experiencing health inequity is something I will never forget. I was a new mother, in the process of finalizing the adoption of my two kids. Before the adoptions were final, both

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Health Equity

On a bright winter morning in Westminster, elementary school kids are screaming happily as they swing, run, chase, pull and push across every square inch of a cheery, fall-forgiving playground.

The up-to-date action environment in Metz Elementary’s yard is a friendly giant looming over the children in school-bus yellow and grape-purple. This 9:30 a.m. recess shows school kids doing exactly what they are supposed to do: burning off calories and dissipating nervous energy before their next classroom focus.

But a recent statewide assessment of school physical activity, sponsored in part by the Foundation, shows in stark terms that these frenetic, successful moments at schools like Metz are all too rare across Colorado. Our kids need school-based physical education and

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Physical Education
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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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Foundation Evolution
Community Engagement
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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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Foundation Evolution