A complement to the annual Colorado Health Symposium, Symposium Unplugged engages participants in a single, health-focused conversation in a smaller, more intimate setting. The purpose of this ongoing series is to dig deeper into one of the many topics discussed at the Symposium.
Symposium Unplugged: Behavioral Health and Colorado’s Classrooms
In Colorado, we know that far too many students walk into schools every day experiencing a variety of behavioral health challenges and inequities. This Symposium Unplugged event will explore what it means for educators, parents and local communities to ensure that all students have what they need to be mentally well.
What: Behavioral Health and Colorado’s Classrooms
When: Tuesday, Dec. 11, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Where: University Center Ballroom, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley
Symposium Unplugged: Poverty’s Impact on Colorado’s Health
Poverty is the leading driver of inequity when it comes to families and children being healthy. This conversation aims to shine a light on how poverty is impacting Colorado’s overall health and well-being. Together, we can have a frank discussion on the challenges around poverty in our state, and explore innovative solutions to bring health in reach for all Coloradans.
This event featured a luncheon keynote by Michael Patrick MacDonald, author and community activist. MacDonald is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, "All Souls: A Family Story from Southie." After losing four of his eleven siblings and seeing his generation decimated by poverty, crime, addiction and incarceration, he learned to transform personal and community trauma, becoming a leading Boston activist, organizer and writer.