Game Changers: The Status Quo Has Got to Go
The Colorado Health Symposium

The 2022 Colorado Health Symposium, "Game Changers: The Status Quo Has Got To Go," will take place at the Keystone Lodge and Event Center in Keystone, CO from July 27-29. It will bring together community advocates, grassroots leaders, innovators, experts and others to explore people, policies, practices and perspectives creating the new normal Coloradans need.

Program Updates

As we began to cultivate programming for this year’s Symposium, we wanted to ensure that each day was fruitful, engaging and that content encouraged disruption where Coloradans need it most. We focused on a central question:

If the goal is health and well-being, how do we change the game so that every Coloradan can win? We focus on change in Ourselves, Our Community and Our System.

When we discuss and dismantle racial inequity — a process essential to leveling the playing field for all Coloradans — we must focus on the places where it can and does show up in our lives and the lives of those around us.

  • We change the game to dismantle racial bias within ourselves by cultivating strategies to look inward.

  • We change the game and dispel racial inequity from our communities by creating space for needs to be met equitably in our community circles and neighborhoods.

  • We change the game itself — our system — by making the rules around moving resources, funds and access more equitable.

Confirmed Presenters

Keynote: Feminista Jones

Feminista Jones is a Philadelphia-based social worker, feminist writer, public speaker and community activist. She is an award-winning blogger and the author of the novel Push the Button and the poetry collection The Secret of Sugar Water. She was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Philadelphia and one of the Top 100 Black Social Influencers by The Root. Her writing has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Time, Essence and Ebony magazines.

Keynote: Richard Blanco

Selected by Barack Obama as the fifth Presidential Inaugural Poet in U.S. history, Richard Blanco is the award-winning author of two memoirs and four poetry collections. His body of work and advocacy are characterized by his personal negotiation of cultural identity and universal themes of place and belonging. He currently serves as the first-ever Education Ambassador for the Academy of American Poets and is a member of the Obama Foundation’s advisory council.

Additional speakers include: 

Regan Byrd
Jeff Orlowski
Z Williams
Shirley Romero Otero
Courtney Ozaki
Susana Guardado
Lisa Wade
Gloria Dickerson
Courtney Ozaki
Papa Dia, and more!

Tentative Agenda

DAY ONE - The Game Within: Caring for Mind, Body and Soul
7:00 a.m. Breakfast & Morning Activities
8:30 a.m. Welcome Address
9:00 a.m. Panels
11:00 a.m. Movement Activity
12:00 p.m. Keynote Address: Feminista Jones
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Introduction to Exchange Sessions
2:00 p.m. Exchange Sessions
4:15 p.m. Afternoon Activities
6:00 p.m. Happy Hour & Networking
7:00 p.m. Evening Activities

DAY TWO - Supporting Our Teams: Solutions BY Community, FOR Community
7:00 a.m. Morning Activity
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Welcome Address
9:30 a.m. Panels
12:00 p.m. Keynote Address
12:15 p.m. Lunch & Town Hall Discussion
1:30 p.m. Exchange Session Intro
1:45 p.m. Exchange Sessions
4:15 p.m. Afternoon Activities
6:00 p.m. Happy Hour & Networking
7:00 p.m. Evening Activities
8:00 p.m. Dance Party

DAY THREE - New Rules: Changing the Game So Everyone Wins
7:00 a.m. Morning Activity
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Morning Grounding
9:30 a.m. Panels
11:00 a.m. Exchange Sessions
1:00 p.m. Closing Keynote Address: Richard Blanco
1:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

A final agenda will be available in July.

Note: Registrations are not transferable or sharable, and single-day registration is not available. Sign up for our email updates to receive the latest information about the Symposium and other events. We’re striving for an event with a broad array of voices and perspectives. In service to this commitment, organizational participation will be capped at four in-person attendees, regardless of application or registration type.

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About the Event

This year’s Colorado Health Symposium, “Game Changers: The Status Quo Has Got To Go,” will feature game changers: people, policies, practices and perspectives creating the new normal Coloradans need. From folks doing the gritty, hard work of progress and power-sharing in local communities, to practices and policies undoing barriers to health, to promising ideas you are seeing work across Colorado — we'll discuss what it's going to take and what's already happening in communities to change the game.

The COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with evidence of persistent systemic racism, has pushed health further from reach. Both intentional and unintentional, the systems of oppression woven into the founding fabric of our nation remain today. They have deepened barriers to health and worsened unfair norms that Coloradans with less power, privilege and income have endured for generations, especially communities of color.

We are at a pivotal moment in time – one that calls us to leverage opportunities to disrupt, dismantle and rebuild systems harming the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. To do so, a game changer's mindset is vital. The work to date has failed to create the change we want. Not to discredit that work – but to become agents of change with the deliberate pursuit of transforming the status quo.

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