In Good Health

The Colorado Health Foundation’s blog is designed to share perspectives, personal stories and what we are learning in our efforts to ensure that, across Colorado, each of us can say: “We have all we need to live healthy lives.”

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Our Learning & Evaluation team continues to wrestle with practicing evaluation in more equitable ways. Since 2018, we’ve deeply engaged in this journey with the Equitable Evaluation Initiative, and as we work to create equity-aligned evaluation practices, we toggle between a focus on being, thinking and doing. This means regularly reflecting on who we are in relationship with our work (and the implications of that for ourselves and others), our beliefs about what it means to do rigorous and valid evaluation work, and the specific actions we should take to create evaluations that are better aligned with principles of equity.

In a previous blog post, we shared ways in which we’ve been honing our skills around noticing and

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Learning & Evaluation

Nothing will bring George Floyd back, yet today’s conviction of Derek Chauvin bent the arc in the direction of justice. Today’s verdict signals the progress we can and must make to uproot racist structures, though, as the Association of Black Foundation Executives said earlier today, “This is not a time to celebrate, but to collaborate.” 

Systemic racism is indeed alive and well. Elijah McClain, Daunte Wright, Adam Toledo, Breonna Taylor, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Mike Brown, Dominique Luscious, Rayshard Brooks, Kathryn Johnson, and so many other Black and Brown folks who have died at the hands of police are not. This must stop.

Racism takes lives. It erodes health and well-being. And, while we stand in

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Over the past 25 years, Coloradans experienced some of the deadliest mass shootings in our nation – at Columbine High School (1999), a Century 16 movie theater in Aurora (2012), and a Walmart in Thornton (2017), to name a few. Far too many Coloradans have endured this grim reality.

On the heels of the shootings in Atlanta, Georgia, which left eight people dead, six of whom were of Asian descent, Monday’s mass shooting at a King Soopers in Boulder, Colorado is only the latest in an increasing prevalence of gun violence in the U.S.

The lives of 10 families changed in an instant Monday. Parents lost children. Children lost parents. People lost friends, coworkers and caretakers, too. The senseless

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Transgender[1] people and their loved ones are watching and listening as policymakers at the national, state and local levels – including in communities across Colorado – debate whether all Americans, including our transgender neighbors, should be treated fairly and equally.

Misinformation about what it means to be transgender compromises health, safety and well-being, and laws excluding transgender individuals from protections afforded to cisgender[2] people send a message about who we value. The collective impact of this hurtful rhetoric and oppressive policies is clear: transgender Americans – especially transgender young people and people of color – are harmed, pushing health even further out of reach.

We believe transgender people should be treated with dignity, love, and respect, and that

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