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Together Colorado

Together Colorado aspires to build an alternative future for Coloradans; one in which all people are thriving physically, economically, spiritually & emotionally and where human dignity is evidenced in the policies and practices of local municipalities and at a state and national level.

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District & State Education Reform

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children ages 5 to 21
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Families
Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent

Description

Together Colorado leaders are in the midst of a long-term campaign promoting quality education for all students.

a. Transportation
Over the next twelve months, Together Colorado will continue our ongoing efforts to narrow the achievement gap for low income parents of color in Near NE and Far NE Denver public schools. Having attained financing for RTD year-round eco-passes for 10,000 DPS students, Together Colorado leaders and the Donnell-Kay Foundation will continue to work with RTD, the Mayor's Office of Children's Affairs, and the DPS FACE and Transportation Departments to get the transit relief program up and running by September 1, 2017.

b. Achievement Disparities
In addition, Together Colorado parent leaders will participate and provide a powerful parent voice in DPS district-led focus and action groups, scheduled to convene in early 2017 to produce a more parent-friendly School Performance Framework report for the 2017-2018 school year. In a related parent engagement effort, Together Colorado will commission, collaborate and produce, with partner organization A + Colorado, a report using DPS data and trends, highlighting the glaring achievement and opportunity gap in Near and Far NE Denver Public schools.

c. School to Prison Pipeline
Finally, in concert with our Lifelines to Healing Federation's efforts to address the causes of the criminalization and mass incarceration of people of color (see below), we will continue to organize parents in our member schools to demand supports, not suspensions for students of color.

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Evidence of Program's Success

a. Transportation
Together Colorado leaders and the Donnell-Kay Foundation will continue to work with RTD, the Mayor's Office of Children's Affairs, and the DPS FACE and Transportation

b. Achievement Disparities
Production and distribution of A + Colorado, a report using DPS data and trends, highlighting the glaring achievement and opportunity gap in Near and Far NE Denver Public schools.

c. School to Prison Pipeline
Organize 200+ parents to demand supports, not suspensions for students of color.

Economic Justice

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

Families
General Public
General Public/Unspecified
Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

Together Colorado is one of the lead organizations pulling together The Everyone Economy Network, a nascent network of organizations working together to make Colorado a national leader for economic opportunity for all by 2024. The network's mission is to build a coherent economic justice theory of change for our state. We envision developing a broad network of organizations and individuals who are building a movement that is simultaneously supporting individual organizational efforts, groups of organizations and at times our entire network in strategic actions that, year by year, build toward an aggregated impact leading to measurable economic justice that concretely changes the lives of low to moderate income individuals and families in Colorado

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Evidence of Program's Success

Education, public actions and strong public will building.

Healthcare Reform

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

General Public
General Public/Unspecified

Description

a. Build Health
Together Colorado will continue our strong involvement in the BUILD Health coalition; BUILD is an initiative designed to: identify health access challenges currently faced by families in Aurora, Colorado; develop policy and program solutions to remedy gaps in care; and build stronger partnerships within the community to better serve everyone living there. Our first-year partnership with Children's Hospital and the Tri-County Health Department, has now grown to also include the Aurora Women and Infant Children (WIC) office and Civic Canopy. The initiative, now in its second year of operation, is funded by the Kresge Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, the de Beaumont Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

b. ACA Hotspotter
Also in Aurora, Together Colorado will continue to participate in the ACA Hotspotter Program implementation which is changing policies and behaviors in Aurora hospitals as they relate to low income high utilizers of emergency rooms.

c. Non Emergent Transportation for Medicaid
Together Colorado has recently joined a nation-wide coalition that works on Non-Emergency Medicaid Transportation issues, Community Catalyst and Faith in New Jersey, and will work with them in 2017 to get resolution on the lack of non-emergency access to transportation for Medicaid patients in Colorado. Members of Together Colorado's healthcare committee plan to research the possibility of writing a new contract between Medicaid and its current vendor that would solve many of the problems of non-emergent Medicaid Transportation in Colorado that have harmed community members in the past.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Together Colorado was recognized for our health care organizing work in 2014 by the Colorado Trust which awarded us the 2014 John R. Moran, Jr. Grantee Leadership Award. For a third year, we are working with partners on the Bridges to Care effort in Aurora, Colorado, a municipality that is home to stark health disparities. The project--an experiment under the Affordable Care Act--combines organizing and service delivery to implement a comprehensive wrap around model for the highest emergency care utilizers toward a more effective care delivery and cost saving model.

While continuing to expand and sustain the Bridges to Care model, Together Colorado's health care leaders continued to pursue an increase in access to specialty care appointments for Aurora residents through University of Colorado Hospital.

Together Colorado works to bring the voice of people to healthcare transformation and believes that everyone should be able to see a doctor when they need, at a cost they can afford. Toward that end, Together Colorado's health care organizers and healthcare committee leaders will continue to collaborate with some of the state's largest health equity advocates and funding agencies to 1) build a field of health equity advocates who have an understanding of the social determinants of health 2) prioritize health equity in advocacy and policy efforts, 3) expand and strengthen knowledge and skills in organizations and in the field, 4) expand connectivity between and coordination across health advocacy efforts and between cohort and non-cohort health equity stakeholders , and 5) meaningfully engage and develop leadership of affected communities in health equity policy advocacy.

Civic Engagement

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
General Public
Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent

Description

- Equipping Together Colorado leaders with skills and confidence to build power through planning civic engagement field plans to influence voters on issues.

- Develop training and education opportunities to build members up as stronger representatives of their own communities.

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Evidence of Program's Success

- Successful education opportunities with high membership turn-out.
- Strong demand for added civic engagement capacity and additional opportunities to be involved and to learn.

Human Dignity & Just Immigration Reform

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

Blacks
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
General Public/Unspecified
Hispanics
Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Description

Together Colorado supports fair and humane comprehensive immigration reform that will promote and respect human dignity. We are currently working in partnership with other organizations to achieve a just immigration reform that respects our values. Together Colorado supports legislation that includes these and other principles:

1. Will respect many of our core values including human life, human dignity and family unity,

2. Will create a way for eligible undocumented immigrants to earn legal residency in the United States.

Together Colorado leaders have been working diligently to move many issues of concern related to immigration at the state and local level.

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Evidence of Program's Success

- Strong turnout and press coverage for various public actions educating and empowering local immigrant communities.
- Sponsoring stories of Together Colorado members and families.
- Successful relationship with media and policy leaders as trusted partner towards valuable solutions and community voice representation.

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