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Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (in)Equality



Health equity STATE-Wide scAN & Action Network

The Heath Equity Committee of the Denver Metro Partnership for Health and IRISE are conducting an environmental scan using a structured assessment to help identify the current state of health equity efforts in the state of Colorado . This environmental scan will include the various definitions of health equity, visions, clear strategies to achieve their visions, and capacity building efforts (e.g. health equity trainings). Data collected through the environmental scan will be used to build a web-based searchable database open for public to connect the many public health agencies, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, community organizations, and clinics committed to health equity for ALL Coloradans to move the report from a snapshot in time to a dynamic resource for health equity practitioners in Colorado. The purpose of this database will be to connect and convene organizations across sectors with shared missions creating a unified front for improving health outcomes for vulnerable populations. This will prevent duplicated efforts contributing to equity "fatigue," and/or missed opportunities minimizing our collective ability to ensure that health equity is embedded in everything and that our work with and within communities is authentic and meaningful.

Through convening the many entities working in health equity in our state and identifying shared visions and goals for achieving health equity, we can collaboratively assess the feasibility of establishing a state-wide network to regularly connect members on legislative advocacy efforts, research and programs related to health equity. Understanding the complexities of operating such an expansive collective impact network, the research team will use the strategies and framework outlined by the Monitor Institute's case study of the RE-AMP Network (informed by decades of thinking around systems dynamics for high impact and effective collaboration ultimately with the goal of systemic change around a shared purpose) should the results of this scan indicate that such a network would facilitate our work moving forward.

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.