Root Causes Fact Sheets

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Our health is shaped by the environments and socioeconomic context in which we live, work, learn, and play. Health is more than just healthcare or genes - it's our ability to afford childcare, support our youth, take part in work development opportunities, and so on. Healthy communities are ones where we have opportunities to make healthy choices.

The health of our neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces is driven by structural factors, policy decisions, and investments, many of which harm some communities more than others. When some communities persistently experience poorer outcomes than others, we consider this to be a result of systemic and historical inequities.

When we collaborate across sectors, share data and perspectives, and prioritize equitable approaches, we are better positioned to address these inequities effectively and affordably. Healthy communities depend on all of us working together.

Changing how we create policies and programs doesn't have to be costly. Let's create a better future for all Coloradans.

These fact sheets provide context about root causes across sectors so we can more effectively address the complex factors impacting the health of our communities.

We want to thank the following individuals for participating in consultative conversations with us as we developed this project and for their contributions to these fact sheets:

Scott Groginsky, Special Advisor for Early Childhood, Colorado Governor's Office; Tara Smith, State Two Generation Program Coordinator, Colorado Governor's Office; Anna Lopez, Interim Manager, Office of Adult and Juvenile Justice Assistance; Renise Walker, Senior Consultant, Colorado Workforce Development Council

Root Causes Fact Sheet Series Overview

Early Care and Education
Caring for Our Children: Inequities in Early Education
Sources and Resources

Juvenile Justice
Locking Our Kids Up: The Price We Pay
Sources and Resources

Work Based Learning
Missing Out on Talent: Preparing Our Future Workforce
Sources and Resources

Further reading
Colorado Equity Action Guide

Chart of Elements of a Health, Equitable Community