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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The major historical events that mark 2020 have created far too many obstacles for Coloradans, including those working tirelessly to keep their nonprofits afloat and their services intact. We’ve learned firsthand – alongside our families, friends, neighbors and community partners – what it’s like to live in the tight grip of an unforgiving pandemic. We’ve witnessed the disproportionate social, financial and health outcomes of the crisis among communities of color. We’ve watched civic demonstrations unfold across the nation, and we’ve heard loud and clear the call for us to upend the longstanding institutional and systemic racism of our country.

We understand many of our grantees, partners and nonprofits across the state have been deeply impacted by and responding to the

Foundation Evolution

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
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