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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We recently held an all-staff meeting at which every employee was asked to read aloud a letter they’d prepared about the personal impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. What follows is a portion of the letter I wrote and shared with staff – a deeply personal reflection:

As a Black Southern woman, I always have to manage that core, “forever” identity with my temporary identity as president and CEO of The Colorado Health Foundation. I can’t separate the two and wouldn’t want to – that intersection is where my authenticity lies. However, the pandemic has come into that carefully constructed and maintained balance like a tornado. 

On a day-by-day, hour-by-hour, minute-by-minute basis – on a cellular level – I struggle

Topics
Health Equity
Equity
Community Solutions
Community Engagement

Juneteenth, a holiday that has long been celebrated in the Black community, is a tribute to the day in 1865 when African Americans in Texas learned that they were free – two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed freeing all slaves in the U.S.

This year’s celebration comes at a moment of deep reckoning in our nation, as communities across the country grapple with the continued legacy of institutional and systemic racism. As we observe Juneteenth, and recognize the significance racism plays in our own history and current realties, it’s important to leverage the power of this day through story.

Here are reflections from some of our staff members:


Karen McNeil-Miller, president and CEO:

Full quote from Karen Mc-Neil Miller


“Juneteenth is

Topics
Health Equity
Equity
Race/Racism
Community Engagement
Community Solutions
COVID-19

Today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to keep in place the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) is a triumph for immigrants, Colorado communities and for our country. DACA recipients weave immense contributions into the fabric of our communities; they have gone to college, started businesses, bought homes and started families. They are our friends, neighbors, co-workers, teachers, members of our military and so much more. Indeed, thousands are health care professionals, or other essential workers, who have been working on the front lines of the pandemic response in Colorado. Keeping families together, healthy and without fear of deportation is key to making our communities stronger, safer and more prosperous. Today and always, we stand with Dreamers and immigrant and

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Health Equity
Immigration
SCOTUS

Today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision was a landmark victory for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Americans, ensuring that a person cannot be discriminated against in the workplace on the basis of their gender identity or sexual orientation. Protecting people from discrimination, including people who are gay or transgender, is about protecting health. We believe fair treatment of LGBTQ people is foundational to our core value of equity, and is essential to supporting the overall health of LGBTQ people and their families. We applaud the people and organizations whose work helped lead to today's historic decision.  

But our work is not done. While we celebrate this victory, LQBTQ Americans continue to face unfair, unjust and avoidable

Topics
Health Equity
Policy
SCOTUS