In Good Health

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This week’s #HealthiestCO listening tour combines two vast regions of the state, including counties across the Southwest portion of Colorado and the San Luis Valley. We kicked off day one of this three-day leg with two tour sessions and two site visits, covering 150 miles between Cortez, Dove Creek and Durango.

Our first stop was a site visit to the Piñon Project Family Resource Center, which provides services to more than 3,000 families in Southwest Colorado every year. We could sense the passion from the staff as they shared an approach to strengthening families by empowering people. They also treat the whole person with wrap-around services; for example, a patient may come in to be treated for the flu,

While much of Colorado woke up to snow on the ground, and our colleagues in the office in Denver took advantage of a snow day, we found ourselves in a pocket of clear weather in Cañon City as we continued the Southern region #HealthiestCO tour.

Our first session of the day in Fremont County was attended by a wonderfully diverse group of community members including representatives from education, government, faith-based organizations, public health and health care including mental health. The attendees shared many assets to health found in the community, but what stood out and what they were most proud of is their ability to work together. From the 40-year-old Early Childhood Collaborative to the one-year-old Housing Collaborative, this community

Blizzard warnings and cloudy skies hovered in Denver as the Colorado Health Foundation team headed out on the two-day Southern region leg of the #HealthiestCO listening tour. This tour offers four sessions, multiple site visits and meetings in Trinidad, Walsenburg, Cañon City, Pueblo and Colorado Springs (weather permitting).

Our first tour stop landed us at Mt. Carmel Health, Wellness and Community Center, a beautiful structure nestled in the town of Trinidad. Our hosts and guests included an eclectic mix of community members from the fields of education, early childhood, aging populations, public health and health care. They framed community health assets in a conversation about increased access to health care due to dramatic drops in the uninsured. According to

Day two of the North/Northeast region began with an early morning drive from Sterling to Fort Morgan, where we had our third tour session at Morgan Community College. Apples were the primary decoration around the room, which was a good reminder of what Foundation President and CEO, Karen McNeil-Miller, shared with the residents of Morgan County -- that health is more than what happens at the doctor’s office. Of the many assets mentioned, the school system and college connections help keep residents healthy, in addition to the strong and diverse network of health care providers available in the area. However, a chief concern for attendees was that children do not have affordable opportunities for physical activities or sports. Similar