Health<br>Policy & Advocacy
2014 to 2020

The Health Equity Advocacy Cohort hosted a series of webinars in February 2020 about advocacy efforts to address housing and food insecurity challenges in Colorado. Recordings are available in English and Spanish.

Rent Control (View the recording in English)
In this political education webinar, participants learned about Colorado law that prevents local communities from enacting affordable housing solutions. They also learned about how to get communities involved in a growing movement to address increasing rents, which are leaving more and more Coloradans struggling to find affordable homes.

Food Security (View the recording in English)
In this webinar, the Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger shared information about three policies intended to help address hunger in the state. This webinar also provided participants the opportunity to discuss how those policies work in their communities.

Inclusionary Housing (View the recording in English)
In this political education webinar, participants learned why it’s often impossible for Colorado communities to ensure new housing developments include affordable options.

Mobile Home Enforcement Act (View the recording in English)
In this webinar, participants learned about community-driven efforts to enforce the rights of people that live in mobile home parks.

NOTE: The content of these webinars was solely produced by and the responsibility of Health Equity Advocacy Cohort organizations, and intended for educational purposes. The Colorado Trust was not involved in creating the content for these webinars.

Strategy Overview
The Colorado Trust believes advocacy for policy change is a cornerstone to achieving health equity. Health Equity Advocacy (HEA) is a multi-year funding strategy with the goal to build a strong and diverse field of health equity advocates in the state. We believe that building a strong field of advocates—rather than merely strong, individual advocacy organizations operating in isolation—leads to greater sustainability and to advocates’ ability to successfully respond to a changing political climate.

The strategy is made up of a partnership of 18 direct-service, community organizing and policy advocacy grantees; Social Policy Research Associates (SPR), an evaluation firm; and The Colorado Trust. Referred to as the HEA "Cohort," this partnership is working to build and nurture a strong field of organizations that can advocate together to impact policy decisions to improve health equity in Colorado for years to come. Cohort members collaborate on decisions related to which policy topics to address, capacities to build and strengthen the partnership, communications activities to undertake, how to assure engagement of affected populations in their advocacy effort and how strategy funds should be used. Download any of the resources listed below to learn more. Grant contact: noelle [at] coloradotrust.org (subject: Health%20Equity%20Advocacy%20Strategy) (Noelle Dorward), Advocacy & Policy Partner, (303) 837-1200.

Network Partners
The HEA Cohort provided “network strengthening grants” to partner organizations as part of the Cohort’s strategy to build a cohesive field of advocates. Cohort members were responsible for selecting their partners, working with their network partner to determine the scope of work, and ensuring that they connected to the field-building framework. The Trust acted as a thought partner in implementing the strategy and administering the grants. During this phase of the HEA strategy, $1,020,000 was allocated for grants to network partners. Click here for more information and a complete list of 2018-19 HEA network strengthening grants.

Evaluation
SPR is conducting an independent evaluation of the Health Equity Advocacy grant strategy. The evaluation will document and assess the progress made toward the creation of a robust health advocacy field, identify challenges, opportunities and lessons learned to support further progress, and provide ongoing learning opportunities for grantees as a means to reflect on and refine activities, tactics and strategies. Evaluation contact: felisa [at] coloradotrust.org (Felisa Gonzales), PhD, MPH, Research, Evaluation & Strategic Learning Manager, (303) 837-1200.

GRANT AMOUNT: $19,950,500

Watch the videos below to learn how the HEA strategy has informed the work of some of the grantee organizations.


Health Equity
Advocacy:
Padres & Jóvenes
Unidos


Health Equity
Advocacy:
Full Circle of
Lake County


Health Equity
Advocacy:
Center for
Health Progress