Health Policy & Advocacy
2013 to 2019

The Colorado Trust believes advocacy for policy change is a cornerstone to achieving health equity. Health Equity Advocacy is a multi-year funding strategy with the goal to build a strong and diverse field of health equity advocates in the state. We believe that building a strong field of advocates—rather than merely strong, individual advocacy organizations operating in isolation—leads to greater sustainability and to advocates’ ability to successfully respond to a changing political climate.

The strategy is made up of a partnership of 18 direct-service, community organizing and policy advocacy grantees; Social Policy Research Associates, an evaluation firm; and The Colorado Trust. This partnership is working to build and nurture a strong field of organizations that can advocate together to impact policy decisions to improve health equity in Colorado for years to come.

The 18 grantee organizations collaborate on decisions related to which policy topics to address, capacities to build and strengthen the partnership, communications activities to undertake, how to assure engagement of affected populations in their advocacy effort and how strategy funds should be used. Download any of the resources listed below to learn more. Grant contact: Noelle Melchizedek, Advocacy & Policy Partner, (303) 837-1200.

Social Policy Research Associates is conducting an independent evaluation of the Health Equity Advocacy grant strategy. The evaluation will document and assess the progress made toward the creation of a robust health advocacy field, identify challenges, opportunities and lessons learned to support further progress, and provide ongoing learning opportunities for grantees as a means to reflect on and refine activities, tactics and strategies. Evaluation contact: Nancy Baughman Csuti, DrPH, Director of Research, Evaluation & Strategic Learning, (303) 837-1200.

GRANT AMOUNT: $19.2 million