Imagine people who have been left out of decision-making coming together, having their voices heard and making positive changes in their communities.
When people experiencing hardship have the power and resources to make positive changes in their communities, they can identify solutions that benefit everyone.
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We all benefit when every community member has the opportunity to live a long and healthy life. We all benefit when we listen to people who have been left out of decision-making. In order for Coloradans in every community to thrive, people who have been left out must have a voice in the decisions that influence their well-being.
Our well-being is shaped by factors that include where we live, the wages we earn and our access to education and opportunity. It can also be shaped by factors like discrimination and exclusion. Our well-being is also affected by our sense of belonging, how connected we feel to the people around us and the opportunities we have to make decisions that affect our community. Working together, we can make programs and policies fair for everyone, so that all Coloradans can lead healthy, productive lives.
Social and economic policies and systems are institutions, norms and processes that influence how we live, learn, work and play, and impact our lives. (These are sometimes referred to as the social determinants of health.) When we do not have influence on the systems that impact our lives, we suffer from worse health and have a shorter life span. For far too long, some people have been left out of decision-making in their communities, preventing them from living long and healthy lives.
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