Park Hill Community Forum

Thank you so much to everyone who attended last night’s Park Hill Community Forum in Denver.

During our forum we played two stories from our Park Hill collection; Sharon and Karen. These stories highlighted some of the themes focused on in our community profile; provider relationships and chronic disease. The group agreed that although there are many people with great patient-provider relationships, we still have a long way to go to make sure Park Hill residents get the care they deserve. Frequently the word “humane” was mentioned, begging the question, why are we comparing our care to that of animals?

Although it may be difficult and slightly overwhelming to take in the information from these stories, we had a positive conversation about possible solutions. These topics span the entire state of Colorado and our nation, yet the reality of the solutions to address those issues are unique to Park Hill. Participants had tangible ways to plug into existing community efforts in Park Hill and Northeast Denver, whether that be joining the be well movement or getting involved with the Metro Organizations for People (MOP). We admire each of our participants for their individual insight into our current health state, suggestions for improvement and involvement, and eagerness to learn more.

We would like to say thank you especially to all of the storytellers for their willingness to share their personal health stories. They serve as both personal histories, as well as treasures of the local community. We would also like to thank the community activists, health care providers, and community based organizations that came out last night and participated in this all too important conversation about health. A special thanks to the Hope Community Center for the use of their community space!

We look forward to continuing the conversation at our next forum! (Check out our calendar for future events)

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