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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Harsh realities of our world were heard so loudly over the past two years they could no longer be muted: The deep inequities experienced in communities of color and only deepened by the pandemic; the harms of upholding a status quo that only benefit some; and the dysfunction of “business as usual” in a new and unfolding context. A clear view of these truths cracked open the opportunity to improve our old ways and embark fully and unapologetically on the path of equity and justice.

Last week, we shared a snapshot of how we’re beginning to disrupt the status quo of our own work. While there is always more work to do, much of our progress – within our


Poet, author and civil rights activist Maya Angelou said, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” We've been considering these words of wisdom as we unpack how our approach must continue to evolve.

The year 2020 taught us that we could do things differently. It revealed that to do things differently, we must analyze – and sometimes disrupt – our own ways of thinking, being and doing. Most importantly, it taught us that we do know better. Now, we must do better.

Our approach for responding to community needs in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic has been to open as many doors as possible. Like many foundations, we increased our

Foundation Evolution

As we embark on a new year and continue to face the collective turmoil of uncertain times, let’s take a moment to honor the many we have lost and others who are today suffering or experiencing trauma. 

Once you’re ready, I’d like to spend some time thinking about our relationship with change, and how we can harness it to transform toward that new normal so many of us keep talking about. 

The news, social media and even our data from Pulse: The Colorado Health Foundation Poll show that many Coloradans are in survival mode when it comes to keeping healthy and safe in the midst of an ever-evolving pandemic and so much more. Families and communities are feeling pinched and

Health Equity
Karen McNeil-Miller
Foundation Evolution

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At The Colorado Health Foundation, we are committed to listening to Coloradans across the state to understand what issues affect their health, and Pulse, our annual poll, helps us do just that. One of the things we consistently hear: significant numbers of Coloradans are struggling with mental and emotional challenges.

In 2021, Pulse found that 55% of Coloradans are experiencing anxiety. We know there are a number of factors in life that can impact our mental health – the high cost of housing, hard-to-find childcare and unfair treatment can all negatively affect our emotional well-being.

Watch our latest video to learn more about what Coloradans are experiencing and check out our interactive dashboard on our website.

Pulse Poll
Mental Health
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