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Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (in)Equality



Health equity community exchange

Colorado Trust's "State of the Field: Findings from a Scan of Colorado's Emerging Health Equity Field" completed in 2017 used a field building model to create a snapshot of the health equity advocacy field in Colorado. The report concluded with considerations and recommendations to move the field building effort forward. One of those recommendations was to strengthen the frame, by "developing a shared vision and commitment, clear and strategic goals, and a shared definition of health equity." Additionally, the report identified the need to develop a central infrastructure through which resources, best practices and actions can be shared facilitating greater coordination and collective impact resulting in measurable steps towards furthering health equity initiatives and policy affecting both upstream and downstream drivers of health outcomes. The Health Equity of Colorado Exchange will establish the latter through a rigorous search of all health equity activity across the state across sectors (non-profit organizations, community groups, policy institutions, public health agencies and clinics) culminating in an online community hub that contains not only organizational demographic data, but a searchable database of all resources related to health equity in Colorado including publications, research, best practice documentation, presentations, legislative briefs, data visualization, data sets, events, funding and job opportunities.  Project is scheduled for completion with launch of website in May 2020.

This project is led by Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Cheri Colter and Dr. Nancy Lorenzon of University of Denver's Department of Biological Sciences in partnership with the University of Denver Computer Science Department.