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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A while back, a staff member at the Foundation asked me about the possibility of participating in a sabbatical program. I was immediately intrigued. The very idea of someone having the opportunity to step away from daily professional responsibilities in exchange for rejuvenation felt spot on… for the nonprofit sector (not necessarily for someone employed by our Foundation).

Nonprofit leaders work tirelessly in support of their organization’s mission. Long days in the office or out in community and nights spent “burning the midnight oil” signal their undeniable commitment to their organization, its staff and the people they serve. Yet far too many nonprofit leaders go without the time they need – and deserve – to reflect, rest, rejuvenate and return

It’s been more than a year since we announced our refined strategy. Since, we’ve diligently dedicated time and resources to really “live into” our strategy across all aspects of our work. Our cornerstones guide our approach, outline who we serve and how we stay informed by community, and keep equity at the heart of our mission to improve the health of Coloradans.

Much of our focus this year has been to bring our cornerstones to life in our day-to-day work — both at our headquarters in Denver and on the ground across the state.

Take for example, the Colorado Health Symposium in July, where we discussed the intersection of housing, health and inequity. We carefully crafted this year’s conference

My dear friend Carly Hare, who also goes by her Pawnee name of <i kita u hoo <i ]a hiks which translates into “kind leader of men,” once said something that really stuck with me:

“What if we pretend the community members we speak to are our cousins that have been wronged before?”

To me, this quote is about kinship and compassion. When you go a layer deeper, it’s about a collective sense of belonging and empathy for one another. It’s about evolving our perspectives on not only how we view our neighbors, colleagues and friends, but how we treat them.

To bring health in reach for all Coloradans, it is essential we learn from them about what they

A stable, safe and affordable home is the foundation for good health. It’s instrumental to helping build communities where all can thrive—regardless of what they look like, where they’re from, how much money they earn or who they love. At this year’s Colorado Health Symposium, we’ll explore the complexity of our state’s housing crisis while calling attention to the systems that perpetuate inequity.

The lives of thousands of our neighbors in Colorado and millions more across the country have been disrupted by our nation’s housing crisis. We also know that the lack of affordable homes is not uniquely an urban phenomenon. Barriers to quality, affordable and attainable housing is indiscriminate of geographic boundaries throughout Colorado, impacting