Health Disparities

This page features stories relating to the population-specific presence of disease, health outcomes, quality of health care and access to health care services due to differences in race, ethnicity, gender, income, or other factors. Listen to these stories, visit our Featured Stories page, or search for stories by topic or by location.


Sara – Denver, CO

Sara - Denver, COSara is a family nurse practitioner in Denver. She talks about the challenges associated with serving a refugee population and the importance of cultural competency.

“We come from a perspective of Western medicine… [We have to] learn where they are coming from. What does hypertension mean to somebody from Nepal? We don’t really know.”


John – Durango, CO

John - Durango, CO

John, a medical student in Denver, CO who did his rural rotation in Durango, shares his story about how developed a passion for medicine. He talks about his time volunteering in the Chiapas region in Mexico, and the similar struggles of chronic disease and poor access to care amongst citizens in the United States.

“There’s a big discussion about safety net clinics and safety net health care systems and the people who are making decisions are so detached from the reality on the ground, in terms of health care, that they’re more likely to do away with them.”


Cerise – Denver, CO

Cerise, a Denver resident tells the story about mother’s positive experience within the health care system.  She praises the local clinic her mother attends for their culturally proficient service and was impressed by the promotion of health equality within Colorado.

“And I was utterly amazed at the level and quality of care that she has received.  Her provider has taken the time to really understand and hear her story… She feels empowered as a consumer not feeling that she is bound to a system and has to bow down to their needs, but really treated like an individual who deserves adequate health care. “



An Aurora resident tells the story about her neighbor with mental health issues.  Despite she and other neighbors’ attempts at help, there is little they can do.  This Aurora resident wants to be part of the solution rather than just complaining about the problem Colorado faces with mental health care.

“We have to address the issue, and it shouldn’t be prison. And I know that that seems to be what our society is doing these days with the mentally ill, they go to prison and they certainly aren’t getting help… if there are solutions, if there is something else I can do, please tell me.  Because I will make as many phone calls as I need to make to fundamentally try to help this woman. “