In Good Health

Colorado Health Foundation Blog

Blizzard warnings and cloudy skies hovered in Denver as the Colorado Health Foundation team headed out on the two-day Southern region leg of the #HealthiestCO listening tour. This tour offers four sessions, multiple site visits and meetings in Trinidad, Walsenburg, Cañon City, Pueblo and Colorado Springs (weather permitting).

Our first tour stop landed us at Mt. Carmel Health, Wellness and Community Center, a beautiful structure nestled in the town of Trinidad. Our hosts and guests included an eclectic mix of community members from the fields of education, early childhood, aging populations, public health and health care. They framed community health assets in a conversation about increased access to health care due to dramatic drops in the uninsured. According to


Day two of the North/Northeast region began with an early morning drive from Sterling to Fort Morgan, where we had our third tour session at Morgan Community College. Apples were the primary decoration around the room, which was a good reminder of what Foundation President and CEO, Karen McNeil-Miller, shared with the residents of Morgan County -- that health is more than what happens at the doctor’s office. Of the many assets mentioned, the school system and college connections help keep residents healthy, in addition to the strong and diverse network of health care providers available in the area. However, a chief concern for attendees was that children do not have affordable opportunities for physical activities or sports. Similar


October weather in Colorado is always unpredictable. This morning, however, we were greeted by the promise of warmer temps on third leg of the #HealthiestCO listening tour. Our plan is to make 13 stops over the next three days in rural communities scattered across the vast Northeastern Colorado plains. We hit the road early.  

Our first stop was in Yuma for a site visit at the local 12-bed hospital. The facility boasts Life Trails Park, a beautiful outdoor green space with robust fitness equipment dedicated to the entire community. While local residents shared that the new park is underutilized, it’s also a community symbol of the will to build places that promote healthy living.  

Our next stop, Morris Elementary


We encountered a small family of black bears on Tuesday night in downtown Steamboat Springs. Two cubs and their mother ran down the sidewalk as we began to drive away after dinner. In a state of wonderment, we halted the car and watched as the cubs climbed up a tree. Their mother kept a close eye on them and us. We were truly in awe: yes, we were technically in the mountains but what exactly were these wild creatures doing in such a civilized setting? Had they too just gotten done dining in town? Just as we began to speculate, the three bears sprinted off into the night.  

Just like mother bear and her cubs, we’ve observed that