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Specific strategies and recommendations for our office.
 
Mission
Build partnerships to mobilize community power and transform systems to advance health equity and environmental justice. 
 
Vision
Every Coloradan has equitable access and opportunity to thrive regardless of who they are or where they come from.
 
Our Beliefs

Racial and social justice: We recongnize that systems and policies must be changed to eliminate racism and other injustices in order to achieve equity.

Community Power: We prioritize the expertise of communities and aim to strengthen the capacity of communities to create their own healthy futures.

Accountability: We strive to build trust with communities, partners and colleagues by owning our biases and respectfully challenging assumptions and stereotypes.

Diversity and inclusion: We believe that every person - no matter their race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, language, religion or ability - has the right to access culturally relevant information, resources and services that result in optimal health outcomes. 

Our 2018 Priority Areas

 
Our Staff
 
Image of Web Brown, director of the Office of Health Equity 
Web Brown, Director
 
Image of QuiNita Spann, Administrative Assistant
QuiNita Spann, Office Administrative Assistant
 
Image of Vaishnavi Hariprasad, OHE community partnerships manager 
Vaishnavi Hariprasad, Community Partnerships Manager
vaishnavi.hariprasad@state.co.us

 
Image of Sarah Hernandez, OHE Director of Policy 
Sarah Hernandez, Director of Policy
sarah.hernandez@state.co.us

 
Image of Jami Hiyakumoto, OHE Health Disparities Grant Program Manager 
Jami Hiyakumoto, Health Disparities Grant Program Manager
Image of Cristabel Rojo, OHE Language Services and Community Partnerships coordinator 
Cristabel Rojo, Language Services & Community Partnerships Coordinator

Namrita Singh, Social Epidemiologist
namrita.singh@state.co.us
 
 
Our Approaches to Advance Health Equity
 
- Build relationships with communities and across sectors to address root causes of health disparities.
 
- Use an Equity in Decision making approach and partner with all sectors of Government to embed health and equity considerations into their decision making process.
 
- Use data to support the narrative of the Social Determinants of Health and tell the story of what creates health.
 
- Develop, implement and provide guidance on health equity training, practice and policies within CDPHE and across the state of Colorado.

- Focus on upstream determinants of health, guided by the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative.
 
 

Office History
Our office and the Health Equity Commission were codified in statute through Senate Bill 242 in May 2007. In 2013, House Bill 13-1088 changed the name of the office to the Office of Health Equity and expanded it to serve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), aging, disabled, low-socioeconomic and geographic populations. The Minority Health Advisory Commission and the Interagency Health Disparities Leadership Council were consolidated into the Health Equity Commission.