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DENVER, COLO.—The Colorado Trust, a foundation dedicated to creating fair and equal opportunities for Coloradans to lead healthy lives, announced Together Colorado as the recipient of its 2014 John R. Moran, Jr. Grantee Leadership Award. The Colorado Trust recognizes a current grantee for exemplary leadership with an annual award of $25,000, which Together Colorado will use to support its ongoing work.
Together Colorado describes itself as a “non-partisan, multi-racial, multi-faith organization that unlocks the power of people through community organizing.” Founded in 1978, its membership consists of schools, congregations and youth and neighborhood groups. The organization works to “train and equip faith leaders and volunteer community leaders to join together to resolve community issues” that include education, health care, public safety, immigration, economic justice and gun violence prevention.
“Together Colorado was a model for raising awareness and understanding of health care changes during our Project Health Colorado grant strategy,” said Ned Calonge, MD, President and CEO of The Colorado Trust. “By training messengers and engaging communities, they consistently encouraged Coloradans to have a say in health care issues. I am impressed by their leadership and how they empower and raise voices in the community.”
The leadership award was created in recognition of John R. Moran, Jr., former long-time President and CEO of The Colorado Trust, for his devotion to improving the health and well-being of people across the state. Moran retired from The Colorado Trust in 2006, following 21 years of service with the grantmaking foundation.
This is the eighth year The Colorado Trust has made this award. Past recipients are the Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved (2013), West Central Public Health Partnership (2012), Northside Child Health Center (2011), The Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics (2010), Colorado Children’s Healthcare Access Program (2009), Denver Indian Family Resource Center (2008) and Safe2Tell (2007).
About The Colorado Trust
The Colorado Trust is a health foundation dedicated to achieving health equity. We believe all Coloradans should have fair and equal opportunities to lead healthy, productive lives regardless of race, ethnicity, income or where we live. The Trust focuses on policies and information related to advancing health equity, as well as projects that address health equity in partnership with communities throughout Colorado. For more information, visit www.coloradotrust.org.
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