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  • Our journey with health begins with our roots - the places where with live, work, learn and play.

Our roots – while complex and unique – are deeply connected to our environments. The work of public health lies here – in improving the environments where health begins and ensuring that regardless of where one’s roots lie, the conditions of their environment afford all people the opportunity to grow and flourish.

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Stories From the Field

In order for communities to thrive, we must understand the impacts that historical factors and social and economic barriers play in shaping the environments where our health begins.

We must also have a place to dream.

If we hope for the fruit of our field to be abundance, equity and the regeneration of diverse communities, how else might we reenvision and sustain thriving environments? What does a Colorado look like where the conditions of our environments are such that all people have the opportunity to bloom?

Like all things in nature, we share a basic need for clean air, water, nourishment, shelter,
reproduction, safety and belonging.

These fundamental needs lay the groundwork for what makes us well. The resources included here address the basic needs of our roots that fuel our journey to health. They also serve to support public health workers and organizations in serving their communities.

News from Trailhead

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APP Corner:

Spotlighting Trailhead’s Administrative Partnership Program

Trailhead’s Administrative Partnership Program (APP) actively supports grassroots coalitions, established 501c3s, individuals and collaboratives in blazing their own trail and creating strategic, sustainable, community-based solutions to the issues they face.

Upcoming Event: January 18, 2021

Webinar with County Health Rankings & Roadmaps: Exploring the Connection Between Racial Healing and Health

Join County Health Rankings & Roadmaps on January 18, 2022 at 2pm Central Time for a free webinar commemorating the National Day of Racial Healing.

Webinar Details

Racial healing is key in advancing racial and health equity. Join County Health Rankings & Roadmaps on this National Day of Racial Healing as they explore the connection between racial healing and health. During this webinar, Hafizah Omar, assistant director of Living Cities, will introduce attendees to a curriculum designed to support local governments. Attendees will also hear from Amber Johnson, the equity, inclusion and racial conciliation manager in Charleston, South Carolina. Johnson will share the journey toward racial healing that began in 2015 after nine people were shot and killed at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. This webinar will answer questions, such as: What does racial healing look and feel like? And, who needs to be involved?

In the News: From the Heart Enterprises & The King’s Council Featured online by Colorado Public Radio

From the Heart Enterprises, The Crowley Foundation and Apprentice of Peace Youth Organization together lead a Black Male Health Initiative known as The King’s Council.

In December 2021, From the Heart Enterprises and The King’s Council’s partner organizations hosted a Youth Gun Violence Awareness & Suicide Prevention Wellness Weekend. Read Colorado Public Radio’s recap of the event and learn more about The King’s Council’s mission in the article below.

Read online at Colorado Public Radio

Partner Feature: Mountain Roots Food Project

Founded in 2010, Mountain Roots Food Project is on a mission to cultivate a resilient food system in the Gunnison Valley by enhancing healthy connections between food, earth and community. They foster knowledge, teach skills and provide opportunities that ensure access to affordable, nutritious and sustainably-produced food.

In 2014, Mountain Roots identified five primary focus areas for their work: Food Culture & Education, Food Security, Food Production, Food Economy, and Food Policy. These focus areas are supported by numerous initiatives including the Mountain Roots Healthy Futures Program that places AmeriCorps members in top organizations across rural Colorado to support programs working in nutrition and environmental education, community and school gardens and increasing access to healthy food.

Mountain Roots Healthy Futures is Actively Recruiting AmeriCorps Members

To learn more about the Healthy Futures Program, contact healthyfutures@mountainrootsfoodproject.org or visit their website to download applications.

Learn More About the Healthy Futures Program

Partner Update: Read Project Protect Food Systems Workers’ September / October Report

Featuring September and October Programmatic Updates from Project Protect Food Systems Workers

Project Protect Food Systems Workers has released their bi-monthly summary report highlighting program updates from their Project Protect Promatora Network (the Network). As the growing season comes to an end in Colorado and H-2A and migrant workers are leaving the state for the year, this latest report details the Network’s continued expansion of existing regional partnerships and focus on identifying new potential organizations to engage with to ensure assistance next season.

This holiday season, you can support Project Project Food Systems Workers by making a financial donation or by donating winter clothing or gifts for the Network to bring to agricultural workers and their families. To donate items for the holiday season, contact Hunter@ProjectProtectFoodSystems.org.

Read September / October Report

Upcoming Event: November, 17, 2021

Arts & Wellness is collaborating with the World Health Organization (WHO) on November 17th

Arts & Wellness is joining in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) one-year anniversary celebration of the launch of the Global Strategy to Accelerate the Elimination of Cervical Cancer on November 17th.

What’s Happening:  Arts & Wellness will be illuminating the  McNichols Civic Center Building in teal lighting to illuminate the cause alongside communities across the globe who last year lit over 100 landmarks in the color teal, the color for cervical cancer elimination. If you would like to join in person, please where something teal and/or white!

When: November 17, 2021

Time: 7pm (Sundown)

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Partner Feature: Apprentice of Peace Youth Organization

AOPYO’s mission is to empower students through whole-person development by incorporating leadership, arts, wellness, and skilled trades in all programs. Their vision is to create a world where students are resilient, self-sufficient, and socially responsible while leading their community through Enrichment, Youth Advisory Council (YAC), as well as Career Pathways Programs.

For more information, check out the clip of AOPYO’s Value of Life Campaign below and feel free to contact Angela Moran, President Of Community Engagement & Programs at communityengagement@aopyo.org.

Learn More About AOPYO

This is a place to bring ideas about improving the environments around us that will lead to healthier communities. This is a collaborative space to dream, illuminate and envision the future of public health in Colorado. If you have resources, stories or innovative ideas you’d like to feature on Trailhead’s blog, please reach out to us here.

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