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Community Partnerships

People are building power by coming together to transform unjust conditions in their communities for themselves and their neighbors.

Overview

A more just and equitable society is a healthier society. The Trust’s Community Partnerships strategy supports communities across Colorado in recognizing and building their own power to achieve these conditions.

The Trust’s role in the partnership is to provide resources for capacity building, community organizing and collaboration at a local level. The majority of the work is done by communities themselves. Diverse teams of Coloradans first identify their own community’s existing assets, as well as barriers to justice and good health, and then propose and implement solutions with funding and input from The Trust.

We believe that building power is foundational, not only to changing community conditions, but also to shifting the policies and systems that shape communities. With the power to advocate on their own behalf and influence the systems that surround them, people who have previously been excluded from decision-making will create stronger, fairer and healthier communities throughout Colorado. 

Click here to learn more about this strategy, as well as the Community Partnerships Organizing Cycle at its center.

Grant contact: Jodeen Olguín-Tayler, executive director of Community Partnerships, (303)837-1200.

A Better Future for Colorado's Communities

Communities

Staff

Liberty Dosier 

Project Administrator,
Denver Metro Area

Françoise Mbabazi 

Senior Community Organizer,
Denver Metro Area

Emmanuel Adolf Alzuphar 

Community Organizer,
Denver Metro Area

Saira Yasmin Hamidi 

Senior Community Organizer,
Northeast Colorado

Krista Martinez 

Community Partner,
Northeast Colorado

Kelly Pollard 

Project Administrator,
Northeast Colorado

Adriana Quintero 

Community Organizer,
Northeast Colorado

Martha Girón-Correa 

Community Organizer,
Northeast Colorado

Rena Trujillo 

Community Organizer,
Northeast Colorado

Monica Hernandez 

Community Partner,
Southeast Colorado

Amanda Guerrero 

Project Administrator,
Southeast Colorado

Sol Tafoya 

Community Organizer,
Southeast Colorado

Katie Mackley 

Project Administrator,
Northwest Colorado

Maritza Gutierrez 

Community Organizer,
Northwest Colorado

Sierra Jeter 

Community Organizer, El Jebel,
Northwest Colorado

Mia Ramirez 

Community Partner,
Colorado Springs & The Surrounding Five Counties

Courtney Hoff 

Project Administrator,
Colorado Springs & The Surrounding Five Counties

Eric Hoshang Pavri 

Senior Community Organizer,
Colorado Springs & The Surrounding Five Counties

Max Kronstadt 

Community Organizer,
Colorado Springs & The Surrounding Five Counties

Arden Trewartha 

Community Partner,
South Central Colorado

Israel ​García-Humes 

Senior Community Organizer,
South Central Colorado

Lia Carpio 

Project Administrator,
South Central Colorado

Nancy Molina 

Community Organizer,
South Central Colorado

Tori Martinez 

Community Organizer,
South Central Colorado

Jose Luis Chavez 

Community Organizer,
Southwest & West Central Colorado

Rachel Esters 

Project Administrator,
Southwest & West Central Colorado

Tirzah Camacho 

Senior Community Organizer,
Southwest & West Central Colorado
Click on a map pin to see our community partner representative for that region.

Evaluation Process

To better understand the impact of the Community Partnerships strategy across Colorado, The Trust is working with several entities to perform a multi-level evaluation.

First, local evaluators are partnering with resident teams to assess their work and help them identify changes needed within community-level projects.

Second, an empowerment evaluation (managed by Change Matrix) is underway with funded communities and the local evaluators, to offer coaching, training and support for resident teams to design and conduct local-level evaluation of their health equity plans, and also to assure alignment with the strategy principle to build and sustain capacity in the communities. The evaluation measures are being directed by the resident teams.

Third, The Trust is working with an external contractor (Community Science) to complete a macro-evaluation of the strategy; at this level, the evaluation is assessing the strategy’s success in building power in communities.

Lastly, The Trust is conducting an ongoing process evaluation among resident teams, to better understand successes and challenges of partnering with The Trust on the Community Partnerships work. The goal is to use this feedback to improve the strategy and share back information, stories and learnings among resident teams.

Evaluation contact: Courtney Ricci, PhD, head of evaluation & learning for community change, 303-837-1200.