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.
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:
- Race in Today's Medicine: Science, History and Myth
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.
2016-17 EVENT RECORDINGS
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- Dog Whistle Politics: Race, Politics and Economic Inequality
Ian Haney López, JD, the Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at University of California, Berkeley, presented on how coded language and racial pandering among politicians has led to public policies that reinforce racism and inequities in the United States. Recordings with English and Spanish subtitles provided.
- Beyond Service Provision and Disparate Outcomes: Disability Justice Informing Communities of Practice
Lydia X. Z. Brown, past president of TASH New England, chairperson of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council and a board member of the Autism Women’s Network, presented on inequities in health services for disabled people with an intersectional focus on race, sexual orientation and gender identity. Recordings with English and Spanish subtitles provided.
- Racism and Health Inequities
Rachel Hardeman, PhD, MPH of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and Partners in Equity and Inclusion (Minneapolis, Minn.), explored the historical context of structural racism, its role in creating health inequities in the United States, and the importance of naming and recognizing racism in order to mitigate its impact on society and health. Recordings with English and Spanish subtitles provided.
- Equity at the Intersection of Poverty, Migration and Health
Deliana Garcia, MA of the Migrant Clinicians Network presented on the health challenges facing migrant workers and how these issues are related to health equity. Recordings with English and Spanish subtitles provided.
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:
- Opportunity, Community, and Health Equity
john a. powell, JD, director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at University of California, Berkeley, discussed structural racialization, the concept of "targeted universalism" and more. Spanish and English recordings provided.
- Health Equity in Rural Communities
Denise Gonzales, program director at the Con Alma Health Foundation, and Susan Wilger, MPAff, director of programs at the National Center for Frontier Communities, discussed health equity challenges and opportunities in rural communities of New Mexico, and how lessons learned from recent work can be applied to rural Colorado. Spanish and English recordings provided.
- Health Equity and Community Engagement
Doran Schrantz, executive director of ISAIAH in Minnesota, discussed community organizing, political power and other topics. Spanish and English recordings provided.
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:
- Creating a More Equitable Society to Achieve Health Equity
Mildred Thompson, director at the PolicyLink Center for Health Equity and Place, presented PolicyLink's plan for creating a more equitable society where everyone can participate and thrive. She discussed how reducing inequality is essential to creating health equity.
- Social Movement-Building for Health Equity
Manuel Pastor, PhD, a professor of sociology, American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California, presented on how building a social movement can help achieve health equity and how communities can be involved. His presentation included recent success stories and a list of 10 key elements to building an effective social movement, such as the need for scale, a viable economic model and a pragmatic policy package.
- Telling the Health Equity Story
Laura Frank, president and general manager of news for Rocky Mountain PBS, and Llewellyn Smith, director of media for production at BlueSpark Collaborative, presented how they have told the story of health disparities through video, print and photos, as well as the importance of sharing compelling health equity stories.
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:
- Addressing Barriers to Health Equity
Paula Braveman, MD, MPH, a leading national expert on health equity, discussed barriers to achieving optimal health faced by racial and ethnic minorities, low-income and other disadvantaged populations. Dr. Braveman serves as director of the Center on Social Disparities in Health within the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.
- Creating Health Equity
Elizabeth Myung Sook Krause, ScM, Vice President of Policy and Communications at the Connecticut Health Foundation; Nichole June Maher, MPH, President and CEO from the Northwest Health Foundation in Oregon; and Yanique Redwood, PhD, President and CEO at the Consumer Health Foundation in Washington, DC, shared their challenges, successes and lessons for communities in Colorado working toward health equity.
- Health Equity and the Social Determinants of Health
Adewale Troutman, MD, MPH, CPH, associate dean of health equity and community engagement at the University of South Florida and past president of the American Public Health Association, shared insights about how social determinants of health affect health, and what we can do to address these factors.
- How Health Policy Advances Health Equity
Brian Smedley, PhD, MA, a leading national expert on health equity, shared information about how states can address health equity through the Affordable Care Act, as well as other ways through which states and local communities can advance health equity. Dr. Smedley is vice president and director of the Health Policy Institute of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, DC.
- Solutions for Health Equity
Anthony Iton, MD, JD, MPH, senior vice president at The California Endowment and Winston Wong, MD, medical director at Kaiser Permanente, shared their experiences working toward solutions to achieve health equity in communities.
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