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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While most of the headlines since Election Day have focused on the top of the ticket, Colorado voters made impactful decisions on health-related ballot issues, including ones addressing subjects examined in Pulse: The Colorado Health Foundation Poll.

Through Pulse, we learned how COVID-19 has been hitting families hard:

  • 40% of all Coloradans said it has been difficult to handle childcare responsibilities, including majorities of renters, adults ages 30-39, and households making $30,000 - $50,000.
  • 12% of Coloradans have struggled to care for aging or disabled family members.

Colorado became the first state where voters approved a statewide ballot measure authorizing paid family and medical leave for workers. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, many of us have had to take

Pulse Poll

We are nearing the end of 2020, and it’s an understatement to say that this year has been tumultuous for so many Coloradans – especially for folks who earn lower incomes. In the midst of a life-threatening pandemic, economic downfalls, civil unrest and wildfires – all among a chaotic election year – Coloradans across the state have had rethink how we live, work and play.

After a year like this one, I’m tempted to put it in my rear view and charge into 2021 as fast as I can. But it’s important to remember that this year hasn’t impacted all Coloradans in the same ways and that not all of us can easily move beyond the struggles of 2020.


As we approach the end of 2020, it’s important to look back at this truly unprecedented year, even if we’re eager to leave it all behind. Many of us will remember a pandemic year where we’ve had to worry more about our health, keep our distance from family and friends, and struggle through home schooling our kids.​

But many Black and African American Coloradans may remember 2020 for more than the COVID-19 pandemic. On top of the health and financial struggles brought on by the coronavirus, Black Coloradans have watched more episodes of police violence in our state and across the country. They’ve poured into the streets to protest racism and injustice. They’ve been joined by their some of their

Pulse Poll

A global pandemic, a deep economic recession and a national reckoning on police violence against people of color – 2020 has been a life-changing year for many of us, including Colorado’s multifaceted Hispanic and Latino/x communities.

Across the country, Latinx people continue to be hit hard by COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, as well as skyrocketing job losses and unemployment. In the midst of these public health and economic crises, Hispanic Americans joined their voices with Black Americans in a call for an end to police brutality yielded against people of color.

Here in Colorado, through the Pulse: The Colorado Health Foundation Poll, we asked 2,275 Coloradans to tell us about their year: what’s keeping them up at night, what

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