CSU–Pueblo receives health advocacy grant from Colorado Trust

A three-year $200,000 grant from The Colorado Trust will support a partnership of four organizations with the Center for Leadership and Community Development and the Hasan School of Business at Colorado State University-Pueblo to establish a southern Colorado network focused on advocating for improved and expanded access to health care.

The Center for Leadership and Community Development will partner with the Hasan School of Business, the Action 22 Foundation, the Center for Immigrant and Community Integration of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pueblo, and the San Luis Valley Immigrant Resource Center to advocate in communities throughout southern Colorado for access to health care.

The Center will be responsible for coordinating the project, which covers 22 counties in southern Colorado. According to Center’s Co-Directors Gayle Berardi and Colette Carter, the partnership will focus its efforts on:

1. Helping community members to identify their health needs;
2. Collecting and analyzing data necessary for community-based planning and program development;
3. Providing community leadership training through seminars, community forums, and workshops on grassroots leadership techniques and skills;
4. Establishing working links among community members and groups, and governmental agencies interested in strengthening access to health;
5. Conducting community forums to create a coordinated vision for health advocacy;
6. Defining and securing the external capacity to support the advocacy network;
7. Developing a sustainable strategy and plan for the advocacy.
The Colorado Trust is a grant-making foundation dedicated to achieve access to health for all Coloradans by 2018. The Trust’s strategic grant making supports the development a far-reaching and coordinated system of policies, programs, and services that expand health coverage, and improve and expand health care. Its goal is to ensure that:

• Every child has a real opportunity to grow up healthy in Colorado
• Colorado has a healthy population that contributes to the prosperity of the state
• Affordable health care coverage is available for all Colorado families and individuals
• Accessible, quality care is the norm across the state
• The health care system delivers care that is responsive to the needs of all Coloradans.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.