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Symposium Unplugged

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.

Upcoming Events

Symposium Unplugged: Disrupting Poverty 

Disrupting the poverty cycle is necessary to bringing health in reach for all Coloradans. Access to quality health care, a living wage, fresh food, transportation, education and affordable housing—all fundamental to our health—are often out of reach for Coloradans struggling to make ends meet. Join us to learn how poverty impacts the health of individuals, families and communities, along with innovative solutions that address multiple aspects of poverty.

Location: Otero Junior College, 1802 Colorado Ave, La Junta, CO 81050

Date: Thursday, Feb. 28  

Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Breakfast and lunch will be provided)  

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Note: The venue is ADA compliant. If there are other accessibility requests that would help support your full participation, please contact

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We will livestream Unplugged events on the Foundation’s YouTube and Facebook pages. Watch live and join the discussion by commenting and using the hashtag #19CHSUnplugged. We encourage you to register for the livestream to receive reminders as the event approaches. Share the live stream link with your friends and colleagues so that they can follow along remotely as well.

Past Events

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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 explored what it means for educators, parents and local communities to ensure that all students have what they need to be mentally well. 

Hosted in Greeley, Colorado, the day featured keynote discussions from Dr. Nancy Lever, Co-Director of the National Center for School Mental Health, and Dr. Michael Lindsey, Executive Director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research. The discussion also brought together educators, youth and other experts' voices. 

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.

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The event, hosted in Cañon City, Colorado, 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.


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