At the Heart of the Matter Virtual Series

Join Karen McNeil-Miller, president and CEO of The Colorado Health Foundation, for conversations with local and national leaders about the impacts of long-present, systemic racism on the health of communities of color and what we all must do to spark change once and for all.

While the coronavirus pandemic has pushed deeply entrenched health disparities into plain sight, many are simply calling for a “return to normal” – but “normal” wasn’t so great for everyone, and this hope misses the responsibility in front of us entirely. In Karen’s words, “the moment we’re in as a country must become a movement.” By exploring the roots of inequity – by getting to the heart of the matter – we can consider what it will take to create a new, more equitable “normal” that can bring health in reach for all Coloradans.

Spanish interpretation is available.

Next in the Series

Wednesday, September 30 | At the Heart of the Matter: A New Generation of Good Troublemakers 

Register to join Karen on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 (Noon – 1:30 p.m. MT) for a conversation with Colorado’s youth. John Lewis’ call to action to “get in good, necessary trouble” has become a rally cry for young leaders working to transform inequitable norms. Just as racism was woven into the founding of our nation, it exists at the roots of health disparities. Creating a healthier future requires a reweaving of our fabric, a retooling of our systems and the resounding vision of a new generation. 

Karen will have a conversation with the following Colorado youth leaders, following a special opening performance by Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, a hip hop artist, environmental activist and youth director at Earth Guardians, a worldwide conservation organization:

•    Mariem Dia
•    Rishika Kartik
•    Caleb Washington
•    Kaliah Yizar
•    Others to be announced.


Future Conversations in the Series

To keep our content timely and relevant, we will share details about future topics on a rolling basis. In the meantime, mark your calendar to save these dates: 

  • Wednesday, Oct. 28 (Time TBD) – Topic TBD
  • Thursday, Nov. 19 (9 a.m. – Noon MT) – Topic TBD

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Past Events in the Series

Karen led a discussion with Colorado women leaders about creating a more equitable future built by and for women of color. She was joined by:

Watch the recording (available in English and en Español).

If you enjoyed this conversation, you may be interested in the following:

  • Watch Tanaya Winder’s performance of “resistance.” A singer/songwriter, poet and motivational speaker, Tanaya comes from an intertribal lineage of Southern Ute, Pyramid Lake Paiute, Diné and Duckwater Shoshone Nations. She is the director of the Upward Bound Program at the University of Colorado.
  • Watch Toluwanimi Obiwole’s performance of “Community” at the 2017 Colorado Health Symposium. A Nigerian-born, Colorado-raised poet, educator and organizer, she was Denver’s first Youth Poet Laureate (2015-2016). Toluwanimi writes to cultivate her own black girl magic while creating space for people who have yet to realize their voices are necessary.
  • Watch Tiffany Anderson’s talk at the 2016 Colorado Health Symposium. The first African American female Superintendent of Topeka Kansas Public Schools, she is known nationally for her innovative work with schools in high poverty communities. Tiffany co-chairs the Kansas Committee on Racial Equity and Justice.

Watch the recording (available in English and en Español) of Karen's discussion with Colorado leaders about the starkly different realities Coloradans experience across the state, the roots of those realities and impacts on health. She was joined by:

If you enjoyed this conversation, you may be interested in the following related resources: 

  • Watch: Susan Taylor Batten, president and CEO of the Association of Black Foundation Executives, talks about structural and institutional racism, and what gives it power (from the 2017 Colorado Health Symposium archive).

  • Watch: Gloria Wilder, MD, MPH, founder of CORE HEALTH, discusses community-driven social justice solutions and the importance of acknowledging racism and biases (from the 2016 Colorado Health Symposium archive).

  • Check out the list of resources attendees shared during the conversation.