2018-19 Health Equity Learning Series Grantee Locations

Grantees host viewings and discussions for each presentation. Click on a pin drop on the map above to find contact info for the grantee closest to you.

Health Policy & Advocacy
2013 to 2019

An educational program of The Colorado Trust, the Health Equity Learning Series aims to increase knowledge and awareness of health equity through presentations from experts discussing factors that increase disparities and solutions that advance health equity.

2018-19 EVENTS

Sick of Being Poor: The Deadly Impacts of Poverty with Niki Okuk

The Colorado Trust invites you to attend its second Health Equity Learning Series presentation of 2018-19 on Wednesday, Sept. 5, featuring Niki Okuk, founder of Rco2 Material Reuse in Compton, California. In this talk, Okuk will explore the way systemic class oppression operates to make and keep people poor, and how this can take its toll on bodies and minds. Okuk will also examine returning the means of production to workers through worker-owned cooperative businesses as one way to create greater justice and equity for working people.

Okuk founded Rco2 Material Reuse in 2012. The company has since recycled more than 300 million pounds of rubber—diverting 70 million gallons of oil from landfills in the process—with 16 employees, making it one of southern California's largest sustainability plants. Rco2 Material Reuse creates alternative uses for trash tires, turning them into new products. Because of Okuk's progressive hiring and management practices, Rco2 Material Reuse provides stable jobs for Black and Latino residents who struggle to find employment because of past criminal convictions or legal status.

Okuk grew up in Los Angeles and majored in economics at Columbia University. She completed her MBA with Nanyang University in Singapore, including a sustainability certificate at Sloan School of Business at MIT.

Niki Okuk’s presentation will take place at the History Colorado Center, 1200 North Broadway, Denver, CO, on Wednesday, Sept. 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A complimentary dinner will be provided. Click here to register. Registration closes at noon MST on Monday, Aug. 27 (or when the event reaches capacity). Please feel free to contact us for more information about this event.

We look forward to seeing you on Sept. 5 in Denver!

2018-19 GRANTEES AND PRESENTATION VIEWINGS

The Trust is pleased to announce the selection of 19 Health Equity Learning Series grantees taking part in the 2018-19 edition of the program. Each Health Equity Learning Series presentation in the Denver area will be recorded, and each of these grantees will then host free, local viewings of the recorded presentations for their communities that include professionally facilitated discussions. Interested in attending a local viewing? Use the map at the top of this page to find the grantee closest to you; please contact them directly for dates and times of upcoming presentation viewings and discussions.

Six of the grantees (noted with an asterix in the grantee list on this page) were selected to take part in our new Community Leaders in Health Equity track. In addition to hosting the viewing events, staff from these organizations are taking part in an intensive 18-month curriculum focused on health equity education and issue awareness. For more information on the Health Equity Learning Series or this new track, please contact us.

2018-19 EVENT RECORDINGS

Click on the individual event page below for the full event recording, written recap, accompanying materials and more:

2016-17 EVENT RECORDINGS

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2015 EVENT RECORDINGS

Download the 2015 Health Equity Learning Series highlights report, or click on the individual event page below for full event recordings, accompanying materials and more:

2014 EVENT RECORDINGS

Download the 2014 Health Equity Learning Series highlights report, or click on the individual event page below for full event recordings, accompanying materials and more:

2013 EVENT RECORDINGS

Download the 2013 Health Equity Learning Series highlights report, or click on the individual event page below for full event recordings, accompanying materials and more:

Evaluation
To better understand the impact of the Health Equity Learning Series on the participants and to glean lessons learned for future efforts, an evaluation is being conducted by Melanie Tran, from University of Colorado Denver. All participants at both in-person events and at viewing parties across the state are surveyed and asked to self-report their knowledge of the health equity topics before and after the speech. Willingness to take action and types of action are also assessed. Grantees hosting viewing parties provide qualitative data, both written and via in-depth interviews, to better understand what is needed to achieve health equity in Colorado. Evaluation contact: Nancy Baughman Csuti, DrPH, director of Research, Evaluation & Strategic Learning, The Colorado Trust, 303-837-1200.

GRANT AMOUNT: $3,448,592