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The 2021 Colorado Health Symposium brought together leading experts, community advocates, grassroots leaders, innovators and others to address issues most pressing to Coloradans and explore how pursuing racial justice is essential to achieving health equity.

About the Event

This year’s virtual Colorado Health Symposium, “Reflect and Reinvent: COVID-19, Racial Justice and Health,” took place on Thursday, Aug. 5 and Friday, Aug. 6, 2021. We shared in this immersive, engaging experience with incredible speakers, nearly 800 attendees from across Colorado, and our wonderful community advisory committee




This Year's Theme

From inclusion and diversity experts Dr. Johnnetta Cole and Howard Ross, to comedian, author and activist Baratunde Thurston, and Colorado leaders advancing racial justice and health equity, attendees had the chance to pause and reflect on the past year, and reinvent how we can build a healthier Colorado – together. Watch recordings of select conversations and performances (available in English and Spanish)!

As the leading driver of health inequity, racial injustice most significantly affects people of color living on low income. The pandemic’s devastating impact, coupled with renewed activism for racial justice, calls us to boldly address the imbalances of power and privilege and those who have been historically excluded.

This year’s gathering offered us an opportunity to connect, and together we explored the intersection of systemic racism and the pandemic, and set our sights on emerging pathways toward a more equitable and healthy future for Colorado communities.

Participating this year required us to get comfortable with being uncomfortable, think in new ways, engage in constructive conversations that address racial inequalities, learn how to connect with divergent views and perspectives, and explore tools that can help dismantle systemic racism.

Progress can feel slow and insufficient, however, that’s how the long work of bending the arc of justice continues. We hope this year's Symposium provided space for attendees (and those who watch the recordings) the opportunity to recharge, reconnect and reflect as we all consider ways to reinvent a healthier future.

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Save the 2022 Date

Mark your calendar for next year’s Symposium in Keystone, CO – July 27-29, 2022!


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