The beauty of Colorado originates from its diversity. 我们的州被崎岖的山脉交错着, 广阔的平原, 草原和湿地, 巨大的峡谷, 以及北美最高的沙丘. When we apply a different lens and look beyond geography – at county, city and community level data – we see even greater variation across the state.
Colorado’s median income is $63,945 compared to Costilla County at $27,944. Looking at the city level, Aurora Public Schools serve students from 130 countries and 谁会说150多种语言. Thirty-six percent of their students are second language learners and 82 percent of them are Spanish-speakers. 深入到社区层面 科罗拉多州的平均年龄是36岁.3; however, if you live in the 81640 ZIP code, the average age is 52.6.
伟德直营平台 has been developing a new approach to engaging with communities across the state. 在这篇博文中, the Colorado Health Foundation’s portfolio directors, 接过话头Benton-Clark, 同庆阮和Erica Snow, share their perspectives on why this practice is key to helping achieve the Foundation’s mission of improving the health of Coloradans.
从数据到我们的个人经历, it is clear that the needs across the state – in every county and community – are as unique as the diverse geography. Coloradans clearly know what the barriers and opportunities to health are in their own communities. And our vision is that across Colorado each of us can say: “We have all we need to live healthy lives.” Drawing on local knowledge from diverse voices and organizations across the state creates solutions that are practical and effective.
We see engaging residents is vital for communities to thrive. Bringing in new voices and supporting local champions taps into the inherent power in communities and helps create equitable, 可持续和健康的社区.
今年早些时候, 艾美莱瑟姆, our vice president of philanthropy introduced this refined approach in her blog post, How and Why We’ll Be Engaging Deeper in Communities Across Colorado. We’ve been listening to voices across Colorado: both through our #HeathiestCO全州聆听之旅 通过项目工作人员. 根据我们从科罗拉多社区听到的消息, we opened two new funding opportunities for our February 2017 deadline:
While the 听 Tour provided essential insights, we are actively building upon that information and spending more time paying attention to your statewide and local voices. Our program staff are engaging with communities in a much more intentional style and working closely with community members to identify new opportunities 让健康触手可及 and address where things are polarized and unjust, ultimately contributing to healthier and more vibrant communities.
We want to create conditions for residents to be civically engaged. 我们希望改善整个科罗拉多州的健康状况, we know that community members are better equipped and more readily able to identify and advocate for what is needed in their community.
通过在地方层面支持居民, we hope to empower and integrate people from different backgrounds. Groups that have been underrepresented in the past will have the opportunity to engage and gain greater control over their lives and their communities. We want to work with communities to create a safe space where others can develop a voice and become an advocate for their community.
At the Foundation, community engagement is both a process and an outcome. 它需要在社区的各个层面开展工作, from legislators and policymakers to community leaders to residents with the highest needs. Solutions are multi-faceted and require all of us to work together.
- Fostering existing relationships and building new ones
我们认为健康是一项基本人权. And we are working to bring that basic right within reach for all Coloradans. 指的是这个 我们州的互动地图 寻找在你所在地区工作的项目工作人员. They look forward to connecting with you and learning what will bring health in reach for you, 你的家人和你的社区.