Summit County Forum

Thank you so much to everyone who attended last week’s Summit County Community Forum in Frisco.  As many of you are aware, we are nearing the end of our pilot phase, and all of your participation and feedback is essential to the success of our project.

During our forum we played three stories from our Summit County collection; Betty, Juana, and Jeff.  Although it may be difficult and slightly overwhelming to take in the information from these stories, we had a positive conversation about possible solutions.  Participants commented on the unifying frustration with our current heath care system and applauded people working to change it.  That same night, Governor Hickenlooper, attended the Aurora Town Hall meeting.  We were intrigued to discover that although 100 miles apart, two different community forums spoke about the Colorado Health Benefits Exchange.  One of our health story staffers even volunteered to come back and present specifically on the Colorado Health Benefits Exchange to Summit County residents because it was such a hot topic.  We admire each of our participants for their individual insight into our current health state and eagerness to learn more.

Again we learned that the stories individual Coloradans share are not unique to one person or one community.  Rather, many of the issues we have been discussing continue to resurface over and over again.  These topics span the entire state of Colorado and our nation, yet the reality of the solutions to address those issues are unique to Summit County.

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 numerous community activists, county officials, health care providers, and community based organizations that came out last Wednesday night and participated in this all too important conversation about health.  A special thanks to our partner organization Summit Community Care Clinic for all of their help!

We look forward to continuing the conversation at our Rocky Ford Forum in the BAIE Center at 408 North Main St Rocky Ford, CO 81067 from 5:30-7:30!  (Check out our events calendar for all future forums)

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