How We Are Working to Achieve Health Equity
At the Foundation, we believe keeping equity at the heart of our work will lead Coloradans to better health. We do everything with the intent of creating health equity so that across Colorado, each of us can say: “We have all we need to live healthy lives.” But health equity – which exists when there are no avoidable, unfair or systemically-caused differences in health status – is still not a reality for all Coloradans.
Every person, and every community, has different needs than the next. There are countless drivers of health, many stemming from oppression and exclusion, including poverty and racism. Racial injustice is historically the leading driver of health inequity, and most significantly affects communities of color who live on low income. It is driven by systemic racism, which includes imbalanced power dynamics, unjust policies and a lack of civil discourse that reflects the truth of living in an inequitable world.
Consequently, we believe racial justice – interruption, dismantling and shifting conditions that are intentionally and unintentionally racist – is the key pathway to achieving health equity. That’s why we prioritize Coloradans of color and address the deepest, most historically entrenched inequities that affect health across intersectionalities, including a person’s socioeconomic status, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, country of origin and religion. In other words, we aim to achieve health equity for and with Coloradans by pursuing racial justice through our strategic priorities.
It is essential that every step we take creates fair opportunities for people who health is furthest from reach. This is why our work, and that which we expect in the work of our partners, is rooted in three cornerstones.
A cornerstone is defined as “an important quality or feature on which a particular thing depends or is based.” Ours are designed to ensure that all we do has an impact on the people, families and communities in our state for whom health is furthest from reach, and make clear that we only engage in opportunities that:
- Serve Coloradans who have less power, privilege and income, and prioritize Coloradans of color;
- Intend to create health equity; and
- Are informed by community and those we exist to serve.
As part of our organizational strategy, these cornerstones help bring health in reach for all Coloradans by strengthening bodies, minds and communities in the fight against unfair and avoidable differences in health.
Learn more about how our focus areas are helping to improve the health of Coloradans.