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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: Morris W. Price, Jr., vice president of grants, (303)837-1200.

A Better Future for Colorado's Communities

Communities

Staff

Mia Ramirez

Regional Manager,
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

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

Regional Manager,
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

Katie Mackley

Project Administrator,
Northwest Colorado

Jose Luis Chavez

Community Organizer,
Northwest Colorado

Maritza Gutierrez

Community Organizer,
Northwest Colorado

Sierra Jeter

Community Organizer, El Jebel,
Northwest Colorado

Angelica Valdez

Regional Manager,
South Central & Southwest Colorado

Israel ​García-Humes

Senior Community Organizer,
South Central & Southwest Colorado

Lia Carpio

Project Administrator,
South Central & Southwest Colorado

Nancy Molina

Community Organizer,
South Central & Southwest Colorado

Tirzah Camacho

Senior Community Organizer,
South Central & Southwest Colorado

Tori Martinez

Community Organizer,
South Central & Southwest Colorado

Monica Hernandez

Regional Manager,
Southeast Colorado

Amanda Soto

Project Administrator,
Southeast Colorado

Sol Sandoval

Community Organizer,
Southeast 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.

Learn about the health equity issues affecting Coloradans at Collective Colorado, a publication of The Colorado Trust.