The Health Equity Learning Series is an annual speaker series in which The Colorado Trust invites national experts to Denver to give presentations on how barriers impact health. We also provide grants to organizations across the state to host viewings of recordings of these presentations, along with professionally facilitated discussions.
Registration is now closed for the Health Equity Learning Series event on Jan. 22, 2020, featuring Miguel A. De La Torre, PhD as presenter. It will take place at the History Colorado Center in Denver at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be provided.
A video recording of this event will be posted to this page in February 2020, in both English and Spanish. This talk will NOT include hosted viewing events and facilitated discussions across the state. Such events will begin later in 2020, with future speakers; more information will be provided on this page and via email when those events commence.
The Trust will be selecting organizations to participate in hosting future viewing events and discussions for the 2020-21 speaker series. There will not be an open application process.
For more information on the Health Equity Learning Series, please gwyn [at] coloradotrust.org (subject: Health%20Equity%20Learning%20Series) (contact us).
2018-19 EVENT RECORDINGS
Click on the individual event page below for the full event recording, written recap, accompanying materials and more:
- From Distance to Belonging: Immigration, Nationalism and Democracy
Andrea Cristina Mercado, executive director of New Florida Majority and the New Florida Majority Education Fund, shared her experiences organizing alongside women in immigrant and low-income communities, and moving hearts and minds to reimagine what is possible.
- Violence Against Indigenous Womxn: Sexism, Colonialism and Health Equity
Taté Walker presented on the violence and marginalization faced by Indigenous women, primarily due to the ongoing, chronic impacts of settler colonialism. Walker, who is Lakota and a citizen of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, is an Indigenous rights activist and award-winning multimedia storyteller.
- Sick of Being Poor: The Deadly Impacts of Poverty
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.
- 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 [at] coloradotrust.org (Nancy Baughman Csuti, DrPH), vice president of Research, Evaluation & Strategic Learning, The Colorado Trust, 303-837-1200.
GRANT AMOUNT: $4,219,627