This learning paper tells the story of how 18 direct service, community organizing and policy advocacy organizations experimented with ways to align their health equity advocacy efforts and take collective action. It provides some of the tools that the Cohort developed to invite the involvement of individuals and organizations with various levels of advocacy capacity. Lastly, it shares lessons for others interested in collective equity-focused advocacy.
This paper discusses the decision to center race in the Health Equity Advocacy strategy; describes the framework and strategies used to build racial equity capacity at the individual, organizational and field levels; and presents results on the progress that has been made at each of these levels. It also includes recommendations for others who may be interested in centering race in social change efforts.
The Colorado Trust’s 2017 Year in Review provides progress updates for the foundation’s core funding areas. The 18 Health Equity Advocacy grantees refined their collaboration to focus on racial equity; the first resident teams in the Community Partnerships effort moved closer to creating health equity implementation plans; and The Trust announced the creation of a new, second track for Health Equity Learning Series grantees.
Based on surveys and interviews, this field scan report describes the composition of the health equity advocacy field in Colorado; examines connections within the field; discusses the current state of the field; and offers considerations and reflections for the continued growth of the field.
This report discusses the co-creation of the Health Equity Advocacy (HEA) strategy by 34 organizations and staff of The Colorado Trust. Together, these parties unpacked assumptions behind the grantee-driven approach of the HEA strategy, built relationships across diverse stakeholders, identified what capacities and skills need to be developed to strengthen health equity advocacy work, and considered how best to improve coordination and collaboration to advance shared health equity goals.
Over a two-year period (2015-16), 18 direct service, community organizing and policy advocacy organizations worked together as a cohort to lay the foundation for a health equity advocacy field in Colorado. This report highlights key accomplishments by these organizations in domains of capacity building, alignment and coordination, community engagement and power sharing, and vision setting. It also discusses lessons learned and shares reflections by Health Equity Advocacy cohort organizations on future field-building work.
The Colorado Trust's 2016 Annual Report explores the foundation’s progress and milestones in its Community Partnerships grantmaking approach, which promotes resident-led approaches to advancing health equity in communities across the state. The report also examines the field-building work and collaboration taking place in the 18-grantee Health Equity Advocacy strategy; how the Health Equity Learning Series has deepened its impact by way of professionally facilitated community discussions; and the final honoree in the 10-year John R. Moran, Jr. Grantee Leadership Award.
This report summarizes key lessons learned from the Health Equity Advocacy Strategy (HEAS), a multi-phase, multi-year effort aimed at building a strong, effective field of health equity advocates statewide.
An HEAS cohort of 18-grantees includes a variety of grasstops and grassroots advocacy, service and organizing groups. Within this collaborative endeavor, a core focus of the HEAS grantees has centered on discussions around effective, appropriate and authentic engagement strategies for affected populations (in this case, populations that experience the brunt of poor health outcomes and inequities).
Among 65 Health Equity Learning Series (HELS) grantee organizations between 2013 and 2015, seven were awarded grants all three years, thereby hosting event viewings and discussions in their communities for approximately 12 speakers. This report, based on qualitative interviews with those seven grantees, explores how these organizations and communities applied lessons from HELS speakers to their daily work, how HELS impacted their efforts and how they were able to implement informed action as a result.
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