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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As we celebrate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life, we are compelled to remember that we must continue working toward progress for and with people who have historically lacked power and privilege – even and especially in perplexing times like these. 

Serving on the United States Supreme Court for more than 27 years – only the second woman to serve – her unyielding commitment to justice leaves a lasting legacy as a trailblazer for equity and a model for what’s possible.
Born and raised in a Jewish household in Brooklyn, New York, “the notorious RBG” graduated from Cornell University and Columbia Law School, only to be turned away from one job opportunity after the other, simply because she was

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SCOTUS
Equity
Women

Racism has everything to do with health, and everything to do with our work at the Foundation. We said this following George Floyd’s death earlier this summer, and today, we give the same resounding response to the recent racially-driven violence in Kenosha, Wisconsin – because we must keep bending the arc toward justice.

Last Sunday, in Kenosha, a police officer shot a Black father seven times in his back at close-range, in front of his three young children. His name is Jacob Blake, and he remains in critical condition. A few days into nightly protests following this deliberate use of excessive force, an armed, White civilian fired into the crowd, killing two protestors and injuring one. He was arrested

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Race/Racism
Health Equity
Community Solutions

​​​​​​I remember it was a cold February evening. I was on an airplane about ready to disconnect for the flight when I noticed the Grantee Perception Report hit my inbox. I couldn’t resist quickly scanning the report on my tiny phone screen, eager to gather the major takeaways and begin thinking through how we could use the data to improve our philanthropy practice.

The world has changed so dramatically since that evening – it almost feels as though I’m recalling something from another era. Yet, while so much is different about our world and our work, our commitment to listening, building strong relationships and our intent to bring health in reach for all Coloradans remains constant. As part of that

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Equity
Community Engagement
Foundation Evolution

Driven by unrelenting moral conviction and demand for justice, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, the son of Alabama sharecroppers, has been called a “giant” of the civil rights movement, a “lion” among peers and “the Conscience of the People’s House.” 

As we celebrate Lewis’ life this week, we are reminded of the perseverance of his spirit, the power of his leadership and the permanence of his legacy.

One of the first Freedom Riders, and chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, he was the youngest speaker at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

He led the Selma to Montgomery March in 1965 to peacefully protest for

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Race/Racism
Equity
Health Equity