Health Equity Advocacy Summit Series: October


10/12/2020 – 10/25/2020



Primary Competency

Community Dimensions of Practice Skills


The Health Equity Advocacy Summit Series is a four-month series of interactive training, discussions and presentations with national and Colorado-based leaders that began in August. The summits provide opportunities to engage with other community members to advance policy, change the narrative and promote healing towards action. The speakers and topics in this series are being overseen by the members of the Health Equity Advocacy (HEA) Cohort. In this series, presenters:


  • Examine modern-day racism;

  • Share the latest updates on statewide policy wins and continuing challenges; and

  • Discuss a new narrative to heal and move towards action.


October Summit Series Schedule

Monday, Oct. 12, 5:30 – 8 p.m. MST

Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Honoring our Relations

“The Old Ones understood the truth that ‘we are all related,’ and now, as a nation reckoning with racism, maybe more of us are beginning to understand it, too.”

Joy Harjo (Mucscogee/Creek)

This summit will feature Indigenous leaders and activists, who will share their perspectives on sovereignty, representation, missing and murdered Indigenous women, the impact of COVID-19, and what these issues show us about structural racism. They will also discuss the role cultural narratives play in liberation movements, discuss Indigenous perspectives on allyship and solidarity between people of color-led movements, and identify lessons on how to advance equity and heal towards action. Panelists include Tara Houska, Regis Pecos, Maymangwa Flying Earth and Adrienne Maddux.


Thursday, Oct. 22, 5 – 7 p.m. MST

Young Leaders Rising:  Reimagining the Future

Young people in Colorado are leading the movement for racial equity and justice, bringing new energy to building a better society. Please join us as these leaders will share their wisdom, experiences and vision.




Monday, Oct. 26 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. MST

Fierce Civility: A Conversation with Joe Weston and Michelle Otero

Millions of people worldwide fight for change across the political spectrum, while many more are experiencing deep anxiety and fatigue. We recognize the need for a new foundational approach that will reduce the fighting—the polarization—and energize people to be respectful and responsive to one another, the planet and themselves.

In this summit, Joe Weston, founder of the Fierce Civility Project and author of Respectful Confrontation, and Michelle Otero, coach and community healing practitioner, will talk about a new approach to civility that meets the demands of the 21st century. They will share ways to activate more profound levels of civic engagement and respectful civil discourse within yourself and others, and shift from “breaking and othering” to “bridging and alliance building,” to find unity and new solutions in the most unlikely places.





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This series is sponsored by The Colorado Trust and the Colorado Health Foundation. The Colorado Trust and the Colorado Health Foundation do not take positions on ballot initiatives, candidates or legislation.

Length of Learning Opportunity
4 months
Development Partner(s)

The Colorado Health Foundation

The Colorado Trust

Technical Requirements
Each session in series will have interactive breakout activities and take place over Zoom. We encourage all participants to join using computer with web camera and use an ethernet internet connection, not WiFi.

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