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 tabout 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, August 26 | At the Heart of the Matter: Fierce, Fearless Women Leading Social Change
Women of color live at the intersection of racism and sexism, facing unnecessary hurdles simply because of who they are. These circumstances lead to health disparities that erode the well-being of entire families. And still, they rise – dismantling unjust systems and leading in today’s racial justice movement – all while carrying the brunt of the fallout from the pandemic.
Register to join Karen on Wednesday, Aug. 26 (Noon – 1:30 p.m. MT) for a conversation about a new, more equitable future built by and for women of color. She will be joined by:
- Lauren Y. Casteel – President & CEO, The Women’s Foundation
- Representative Leslie Herod – Colorado General Assembly
Magda King – General Manager, Antlers at Vail
Nga Vương-Sandoval – Refugee Congress Delegate for Colorado
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, Sept. 30 (Noon – 1:30 p.m. MT)
- Wednesday, Oct. 28 (Noon – 1:30 p.m. MT)
- Thursday, Nov. 19 (9 a.m. – Noon p.m. MT)
Past Events in the Series
Watch the recording 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:
- Harry Budisidharta, Executive Director – Asian Pacific Development Center
- Janina Fariñas, Founder & Chief Executive – La Cocina
- Bill Fulton, Founder and Co-Executive Director – The Civic Canopy
- Ernest House Jr., Senior Policy Director – Keystone Policy Center
- Dr. Ryan Ross, CEO – Urban Leadership Foundation of Colorado
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.