The Colorado Trust's 2016 Annual Report explores the foundation’s progress and milestones in its Community Partnerships grantmaking approach, which promotes resident-led approaches to advancing health equity in communities across the state. The report also examines the field-building work and collaboration taking place in the 18-grantee Health Equity Advocacy strategy; how the Health Equity Learning Series has deepened its impact by way of professionally facilitated community discussions; and the final honoree in the 10-year John R. Moran, Jr. Grantee Leadership Award.
This report discusses the co-creation of the Health Equity Advocacy (HEA) strategy by 34 organizations and staff of The Colorado Trust. Together, these parties unpacked assumptions behind the grantee-driven approach of the HEA strategy, built relationships across diverse stakeholders, identified what capacities and skills need to be developed to strengthen health equity advocacy work, and considered how best to improve coordination and collaboration to advance shared health equity goals.
Over a two-year period (2015-16), 18 direct service, community organizing and policy advocacy organizations worked together as a cohort to lay the foundation for a health equity advocacy field in Colorado. This report highlights key accomplishments by these organizations in domains of capacity building, alignment and coordination, community engagement and power sharing, and vision setting. It also discusses lessons learned and shares reflections by Health Equity Advocacy cohort organizations on future field-building work.
Before funding the Health Equity Advocacy strategy, The Colorado Trust commissioned a study of the existing advocacy field in Colorado. Based on the results of an online survey and 30 interviews, this executive summary describes the field, identifies strengths and weaknesses of the field, and offers strategies for building the field.
Based on surveys and interviews, this field scan report describes the composition of the health equity advocacy field in Colorado; examines connections within the field; discusses the current state of the field; and offers considerations and reflections for the continued growth of the field.
Among 65 Health Equity Learning Series (HELS) grantee organizations between 2013 and 2015, seven were awarded grants all three years, thereby hosting event viewings and discussions in their communities for approximately 12 speakers. This report, based on qualitative interviews with those seven grantees, explores how these organizations and communities applied lessons from HELS speakers to their daily work, how HELS impacted their efforts and how they were able to implement informed action as a result.
This report summarizes learnings from the three Health Equity Learning Series (HELS) events held in 2015, and is is intended to augment the videotaped presentations and accompanying materials. The report examines topics covered by the four presenters, including how structures, policies and systems can unintentionally marginalize vulnerable communities; how race impacts health; and how organizations have effectively used resources to give community members a voice, and improved the health of their own communities.
The Colorado Trust continued its sponsorship of the Health Equity Learning Series for a second year in 2014, with a goal of increasing awareness and understanding of health equity. This report summarizes lessons learned and action items from the presentations of four national experts at three events.
To increase awareness and understanding of health equity, The Colorado Trust sponsored its first Health Equity Learning Series in 2013. This report summarizes the knowledge and advice gleaned from national experts who presented during the series. The publication also features stories from organizations working toward achieving health equity and Coloradans impacted by disparities.
This report summarizes key lessons learned from the Health Equity Advocacy Strategy (HEAS), a multi-phase, multi-year effort aimed at building a strong, effective field of health equity advocates statewide.
An HEAS cohort of 18-grantees includes a variety of grasstops and grassroots advocacy, service and organizing groups. Within this collaborative endeavor, a core focus of the HEAS grantees has centered on discussions around effective, appropriate and authentic engagement strategies for affected populations (in this case, populations that experience the brunt of poor health outcomes and inequities).
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