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Stories play an important role in illuminating the work and accomplishments of our grantees, community teams and other partners. Stories below are specifically related to The Colorado Trust’s work, and may be filtered by funding strategy. To learn more about inequities and injustices faced by Coloradans, visit our Collective Colorado website, an online outlet for reliable, nonpartisan information about issues that impact the health and well-being of the people living in our state.

Want to Build Power? Make a Friend

November 2018

People living in a small farming town in southwestern Colorado found they need to work together to get things done. They’re not the only ones.

The Stress of Being Poor

October 2018
Kristin Jones, Ned Calonge, MD, MPH

A small-business owner discovered how poverty conspires against people experiencing it—and hurts all of us.

How To Save a Life

September 2018

Shocked by a series of unexpected deaths, the San Luis Valley town of Saguache is going deep in its search for answers.

Sick of Being Poor: The Deadly Impacts of Poverty

September 2018

Niki Okuk founded RCO Tires in 2012. The Compton, California-based company has recycled more than 300 million pounds of rubber, diverting 70 million gallons of oil from landfills, and provides stable jobs for Black and Latino residents who struggle to find employment because of past criminal convictions or legal status. Okuk’s talk explored the way systemic class oppression operates to make and keep people poor, and the toll this can take.

Sometimes When We Lose, We Win

July 2018
Mia Ramirez

In the loss of a grant earmarked to revitalize a neighborhood park pavilion, the Hillside community of Colorado Springs has emerged stronger and more unified.

Race in Today’s Medicine: Science, History and Myth

June 2018

Harriet A. Washington is a science writer, editor and ethicist. Ms. Washington discussed health inequities from the lens of structural racism, including an examination of medical experimentation on people of color, gene patenting and other topics. Recordings with English subtitles provided.

Health Equity Advocacy Strategy: Full Circle of Lake County

February 2018

Health Equity Advocacy (HEA) is a multi-year Colorado Trust funding strategy with the goal to build a strong and diverse field of health equity advocates in the state. In this video, a staff member at Full Circle of Lake County, one of 18 HEA grantee organizations, explains how the HEA strategy has informed their work.