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Aurora Health Access (AHA) is a collaboration of healthcare providers, community agencies, business leaders, and residents. AHA is committed to creating a healthcare system in Aurora that meets the needs of all residents in the community.

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Mission & Vision

Aurora Health Access is a collaboration of healthcare providers, community agencies, business leaders, and residents. AHA is committed to creating a healthcare system in Aurora that meets the needs of all residents in the community.

The vision of AHA is a community where all residents have an opportunity for health.

The mission of AHA is to collaboratively improve access to care and create a healthier Aurora, with a focus on the most vulnerable and underserved.

AHA has convened around an urgent problem in Aurora: too many residents have limited access to health coverage and limited places to seek care when they do find coverage. In short, Aurora currently lacks a healthcare system that meets the needs of all of its residents. AHA works to promote health by increasing access to care, expanding coverage, and building collaboration.

Guiding Principles

  • AHA serves as a catalyst, coalition-builder, and convener around Aurora’s healthcare issues.
  • AHA seeks the counsel and guidance of people directly affected by community health issues.
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AHA offers multiple ways for individuals and organizations to participate in our efforts.
  • AHA develops and nurtures a strong, competent, results-oriented Governing Board.
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AHA serves as a bridge-builder between individuals, groups, organizations, and communities.
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AHA builds and nurtures collaboration – internally and throughout Aurora’s healthcare infrastructure.
  • AHA identifies, promotes, and builds upon what is already working well in Aurora.
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AHA commits to an inclusive, productive, respectful approach to community discussions and problem-solving.
  • AHA strengthens the leadership fabric of the community health issues by developing and supporting new and emerging professionals, activists, and leaders.
  • AHA acknowledges contributions and celebrates successes.

Work

AHA offers an inclusive convening table where health and community leaders can come together to discuss and develop solutions to health access issues in their community: inadequate primary care capacity, limited access to specialty care, inequitable distribution of health resources, and fragmented approaches to solutions. AHA provides a practical, innovative, and open approach to collaboration. AHA not only reacts to, but also tries to anticipate, the needs in the community.

AHA is one of many partners working to improve health in Aurora.

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AHA Infrastructure Quilt

AHA promotes health by:

  • Increasing access!
  • Expanding coverage!
  • Building collaboration!

Why Aurora?

Where you live matters. In Aurora, as in certain other American cities, a “zip code is more important than your genetic code”[2] in determining health outcomes.

Aurora is home to more than 345,000 people.[1] It is the third largest city in Colorado, spanning Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas Counties. For many years, engaged citizens, healthcare providers and local agencies have worked hard to build a quality healthcare system in Aurora. Aurora is home to some of the best medical facilities and providers in Colorado. With all of these resources, Aurora should be one of the healthiest communities in the state, yet many Aurora residents face significant barriers when accessing their basic healthcare needs. Compared to other cities in Colorado, Aurora has a higher rate of uninsured people [1], lower median annual household income [1], and higher rates of poverty and unemployment [2]. It is the most diverse city in Colorado. For additional information, please view the Aurora HealthCare Snapshot.

History

Aurora Health Access was initiated in January 2010 after a grassroots effort convened a series of community conversations about health to identify challenges and opportunities. AHA is now a growing coalition of health providers, business leaders, community agencies, and residents committed to transforming the healthcare system in Aurora. AHA is valued as an unprecedented table where key health and community leaders are coming together to talk about solutions. We are a catalyst for change in the community.

In 2015, AHA has 1.3 FTE employed staff, a dedicated group of board members, and a membership of over 450 organizations and individuals involved in healthcare in Aurora. AHA is currently funded through an operating grant from the Colorado Health Foundation. The Colorado Foundation for Public Health and Environment serves as AHA’s fiscal sponsor. Additional members join AHA daily. We hope you will be one of them!

Beginnings

AHA grew out of the community organizing work of Together Colorado and St. Therese Catholic Church in Original Aurora. After three years of research and a variety of efforts promoting access to healthcare, in 2009 St. Therese leaders, with the help of the Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved (CCMU), convened over 150 community and healthcare leaders and residents in a public meeting on health care access in Aurora. From this group the Aurora Health Access Taskforce was born.

The Taskforce was well-represented in the community by a diverse membership, including medical facilities, like the University of Colorado Hospital, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Medical Center of Aurora; payers and HMOs, like Kaiser Permanente and Colorado Access; providers; governmental organizations, like Adams and Arapahoe County Human Services and Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF); school districts, including Aurora and Cherry Creek; Tri-County Health Department; community clinics, like Metro Community Provider Network, Doctors Care, Aurora Mental Health Center, and Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics; Rural Metro Ambulance; Aurora Adams Medical Society; YMCA; Stapleton Foundation; the City Council; and several other non-profits and individuals committed to healthcare. Most of these entities are still closely involved in AHA’s work.

Board & Staff

Board of Directors

Officers

Chair 
Mandy Ashley, University of Colorado Health
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Mandy PhotoMandy Ashley is the Manager of Government and Corporate Relations for University of Colorado Health.  Mandy graduated from the University of South Dakota  with a B.S. in Political Science and Communication Studies.  In 2013, Mandy earned her J.D. and  Master of Health Administration from Saint Louis University and moved to Colorado.  Mandy is admitted to the State Bar of Colorado.
Secretary
Rich McLean, St. Therese FAMILY / Together Colorado
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Rich McLean-1Rich is a parishioner at St. Therese Catholic Church in Aurora, and longtime Aurora resident. Rich has been active in local community service for decades. He helped form Residents Against Drugs And Crime (RADAC) in 1995 and the St. Therese Church social justice ministry, FAMILY, working with Together Colorado, in 2006.In 2007 Rich helped implement the KidzBlitz innovation in children’s Medicaid/CHP+ enrollment, as part of Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved (CCMU) and All Kids Covered.Working on KidzBlitz underscored serious issues in healthcare access in Aurora. With Together Colorado, Rich helped bring community residents and partners together to form Aurora Health Access in 2009. Rich serves on the boards of Aurora Health Access, DAWN Clinic Advisory, the Aurora Community Connection Family Resource Center , the Aurora Salvation Army Advisory Board, and is a former board member of Together Colorado. He has received several awards for his work in social justice and healthcare. He resides in Aurora with his lovely wife of more than 40 years, Mina, an education assistant for Aurora Public Schools.
Treasurer
Julie Gibbs, Children’s Hospital Colorado
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Julie Gibbs is the Community Benefit Specialist for Children’s Hospital Colorado, coordinating community benefit activities for the hospital system including the Community Health Needs Assessment. She was born and raised in Long Beach, New York and moved to Colorado in 1976. She graduated from Colorado State University with B.S. in Social Work. She served as the Associate Director for Outreach and Administration for the CDC- funded Colorado Injury Control Research Center, addressing injury prevention and control.
Past-Chair
Mariana Ledezma, Center for Public Health Practice
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Mariana Ledezma-Amorosi has held the position of Community Development Coordinator within the Center for Public Health Practice at the Colorado School of Public Health since 2009, and was recently named Assistant Director for the Community-Campus Partnership.She was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico and moved to Denver in 1999, to begin her career in community development. She has worked for the City of Aurora, Adams County and The Stapleton Foundation spearheading community development activities prior to joining the Colorado School of Public Health.As part of her professional experience Mariana has worked directly with residents and community based organizations to increase their capacity in the areas of community engagement, advocacy and leadership development. She has worked with the Latino and Hispanic population in both, government and nonprofit sectors. She has served as a Liaison for the newly arrived immigrant population and has expertise in facilitating cross-cultural discussion groups; conducting state-wide community assessments, working in the areas of public health, community and economic development, affordable housing, nutrition and wellness programs and neighborhood revitalization activities.As an immigrant, she can relate and understand different challenges and issues the Latino and Hispanic population face and has the ability to work with groups that are diverse in terms of culture, language and socio-economic status and communicate effectively. She is fully bilingual and bicultural.

Board Members

Bonnie DeHart, Arapahoe County Early Childhood Council
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BonnieBonnie DeHart, MSW, MPA is retired from Arapahoe County Department of Human Services, where she most recently managed the Colorado Childcare Assistance Program (CCCAP). An advocate in behalf of low income families, Bonnie remains active with the Arapahoe County Early Childhood Council serving families with young children throughout Arapahoe County, the Homelessness Awareness/Action Task Force (HAAT) in Englewood,Colorado and the All Families Deserve a Chance (AFDC) Coalition.
Bryce DeHaven, The Medical Center of Aurora
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Bryce DeHaven is the Chief Financial Officer at the Medical Center of Aurora. Bryce has more than 30 years of leadership experience in the healthcare industry. Throughout his career, Bryce has served on several community based agencies dedicated to providing access to healthcare for all residents. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona, and received his Master in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Heather Dolan, Aurora Mental Health Center
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Heather dolan jackson head shotHeather Dolan has proudly served the Aurora Mental Health Center as a core member of the management team for sixteen years.In the ascending roles of Development Director of External Resources, Executive Director of Providers’ Resources Clearinghouse and as the Director of Business Development, she has successfully championed countless undertakings that have solidified the Center’s growing reputation as a willing and capable partner in the community, state-wide and nationally. Ms. Dolan received her Master’s in Business Administration in Health Administration with honors from University of Colorado. She serves as the face of the Center on a multitude of professional, state and city task forces focused on strategic growth for behavioral health. Ms. Dolan has cultivated strategic inter-agency cooperatives of emergency medical services, area hospitals, federal, state, county and city task forces employing care and payer models targeted for improved patient outcomes.The Center and its cooperatives was recently awarded the Medicaid Capitated Behavioral Health Contract with revenues of $500 million over 5 years in which Ms. Dolan served as the project manager.
Antoinette Dow, Providers’ Resource Clearinghouse
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Antoinette Dow – Antoinette holds a Master degree in Public Health, is a Licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant and Psychotherapist. She has worked in the field of Behavioral Health for more than 25 years. Antoinette is currently the Chief Executive Officer for the non-profit Providers Resource Clearinghouse (a subsidiary of Aurora Mental Health Center).  She facilitates Mental Health First Aid (Adult & Youth) classes throughout the metro area and speaks at community forums about Mental Health, in an effort to increase knowledge and decrease stigmatization surrounding mental illnesses. She has championed many efforts in the community and within to decrease homelessness and increase stable housing for veterans and families in dire need.
Patrick Gillies, Colorado Access
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Patrick Gillies provides executive oversight of all program operations for the Accountable Care programs for Colorado Access. He brings a wealth of experience in direct program implementation, as well as leading teams and supporting strategic development in the Medicaid environment. He has strong relationships with key partners as well as an understanding of the Colorado market and the Department of Health Care Policy & Financing. Patrick has more than 20 years of healthcare experience in key leadership positions with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), in federal government, and for the State of Texas as director of Community Health Services at Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and as contract manager and director of NorthSTAR, an integrated system of managed mental health care and chemical dependency services.
Heather Logan, Metro Community Provider Network
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Heather Logan is the Director of Accountable Care at Metro Community Provider Network, where she currently focuses on hospital utilization project management, comprehensive care coordination development, program operations, and external relations.  Heather is also the Director for the Bridges to Care Program. Heather holds a master’s in social work from Colorado State University. She previously served on the Jefferson County Housing Authority Board of Directors, Aging Well: Basic Needs Committee, University Hotspotters Committee, South Metro Health Alliance Board Member, and currently volunteers at the Colorado Siberian Husky Rescue.
Callie Preheim, Tri-County Health Department
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Callie Preheim, MSPH, is a Maternal and Child Health Program Coordinator at Tri-County Health Department, focusing on the early childhood population. Interested in and passionate about equity and social justice, she co-facilitates the Health Equity and Environmental Justice Work Group at Tri-County, co-chairs the Pediatric Access Task Force for AHA, as well as the Social Determinants of Health Task Force for AHA. Prior to working in Maternal and Child Health systems-building, she worked in various areas of public health, including rural health, family planning, and safety-net health systems. A Colorado native, Callie has a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Spanish Language & Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has a Master’s of Science degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Chanell Reed, City of Aurora
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Chanell Reed is a Management Analyst for the Mayor and City Council of the city of Aurora, Colorado. Chanell has 18 years of experience in Public Administration and has held various positions in municipalities in policy research and development, planning and land use, community engagement and constituency services. Chanell is also the Program Director for Healthier Beginnings, Inc., a nonprofit organization focused on reducing infant mortality and preterm births for African-American/Black families throughout the Aurora/Denver metro area. Chanell is a passionate advocate for health equity, community engagement in the public and political process, and is known for her collaborative approach in developing partnerships between government and the community. Chanell earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Wright State University in Dayton, OH and has a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Keith Peterson, UC Health
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Keith M Peterson is the Director of Community Benefit for the University of Colorado Hospital. In his current role Keith is responsible for the hospital’s Community Health Needs Assessment and implementation planning as well as general community outreach.  Keith has been with the University of Colorado Hospital for 30 years. His previous position as the Director of Guest Services included leadership of Parking & Transportation, Environmental services, Patient Transport, Volunteer services, Hospital Gift Shops and Information Desks.
In addition to the Aurora Health Access Board of Directors, Keith is on the Aurora Chamber Board of Directors, the Visit Aurora Board of Directors and the Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA) Board of Directors. Keith also serves as the University of Colorado Hospital’s representative on the Fitzsimons Transportation Management Association and the Community-Campus Partnership Steering Committee.

Staff

Executive Director
Denise Denton, Aurora Health Access
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DeniseDenton_July2014Denise joined Aurora Health Access as the Executive Director in March 2014.  For the past five years, Denise has worked as an independent consultant for her own company, D2, Inc. Denise’s areas of focus have been board and staff leadership, training, and development, team building and collaboration, project planning, grant writing coaching, meeting facilitation, community capacity building, and workforce recruitment and retention.Denise moved to Colorado – and to Aurora – in 1991. She is the founding Executive Director of the Colorado Rural Health Center, the first State Offices of Rural Health to be organized as a not-for-profit organization. She led the Center for fifteen years, until December 2006, helping establish one of the most respected and innovative Offices of Rural Health in the country.Prior to moving to Colorado, Denise worked in the Rural Health Offices in Arizona, located at the University Of Arizona School Of Medicine; and Utah, located within the State Health Department.At a national level, Denise served on National Health Service Corps Advisory Council; on the board and as Treasurer of the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health; and on the board of the National Rural Health Association – and as its President in 1992. Denise also served on First Lady Clinton’s National Health Task Force chairing committees on Health Workforce Development, and Rural and Frontier Access.Denise has a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Utah.
Administration & Events Coordinator
Markeya Spear, Aurora Health Access
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Markeya Spear became AHA’s Administration and Events Coordinator in 2016. She brings 12 years of administrative experience in healthcare as well as several years experience as an event planner. When she is not supporting our ED or planning meetings and events for AHA, Markeya loves spending time with her three kids and family. AHA is excited to have her as part of our team.  You can reach her at  admin@aurorahealthaccess.org
Communication Coordinator
Bobbie Jo Morrell, Aurora Health Access
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Bobbie Jo Morrell joined our team as our Communications Coordinator in 2016. After working for many years in the IT world as a technical writer and web professional, including work for healthcare organizations, Bobbie Jo is in charge of creating and sending AHA newsletters and communications pieces, maintaining the AHA databases, and managing the website. In addition to her work for AHA, Bobbie Jo has an Etsy business doing leather-craft, and leads nature-based contemplative retreats.

Founding Board of Directors (Ex Officio)

Rita Beam, Tri-County Health Department
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Rita is Nurse Manager of Perinatal Services for Tri – County Health Department. Her career in maternal and child health began in 1972. She received her master in public health nursing from University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing. She is responsible for over site of prenatal MCH grant activities, Healthy Communities / Access to Care, and the perinatal nurse home visitation programs, Nurse Family Partnership, and Mother First for Tri – County Health Department. In addition, she provides leadership for the community collaborative, Healthier Beginnings, Inc. for African American / Black Communities, an Aurora Healthy Baby Initiative, Aurora, CO, which is focused on reducing the health disparity related to the infant mortality rate in the African American community. Her leadership and professional accomplishments include, Regional Institute of Environmental and Health Leadership (RIHEL, 2007), past President PHNAC, Lillian Wald award, 2010, founder of “Lamp Lighters” nurse mentoring program, nursing journal publications, “Use of Reflective Practice in Public Health Nursing,” the Nurse Family Partnership as an Exemplar, 2009, and “My Nurse Taught Me How to Be a Good Mother,” Nurse Home Visiting with Pregnant Women 1888 to 2005, Nursing Clinics of North America. She has served as board chair and member, South Metro Health Alliance, board member, Aurora Health Access, leadership committee, Community Campus Partnership. She currently serves on the PHNAC Membership and Marketing committee, Awards and Nominations, and a Practice Council work group.Her professional memberships include Public Health Nurses Association, Colorado Public Health Association, Colorado Organization of Public Health Educators, Colorado Nurses Association and American Nurses Association.
Molly Markert, Colorado Access
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Markert new-1Ms. Markert has been employed in various careers for almost four decades related to advocacy, program development and non profit management for populations labeled as developmentally disabled, mentally ill, homeless, medically underserved and at risk; including serving in elected office at the state and municipal levels. She is a founding mother of Aurora Health Access and Aurora@Home Strategic Plan to address homelessness, and a member of the Campus Community Authority. She currently co-chairs the Provider and Community Resources Subcommittee of the Accountable Care Collaborative Performance Improvement Committee as part of her multi faceted role implementing Medicaid transformation as the Regional Care Collaborative Organization Contract Manager for Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas Counties for Colorado Access, a non-profit safety net insurance company.She has a Masters degree in Human Relations and Organizational Behavior and undergrad degrees in non-profit management.
Eliana Mastrangelo, Together Colorado
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PHOTO-FPOEliana Mastrangelo is a lead community organizer at Together Colorado. She has been a part of AHA’s leadership team since she began working at what was then Metro Organizations for People or MOP in 2011. Through her work she trains and develops community leaders in Aurora to take action on their own behalf on a range of issues including access to healthcare. Because of experience with chronic illness, she has a passion for making the health care system easier to navigate and believes that everyone should be able to get the care they need. She loves working in Aurora because of the rich diversity of voices—she works with community leaders who come from many different countries and speak more than 5 different languages. Eliana is fluent in Italian and Spanish. In addition to community organizing, Eliana is an active member of the Denver Jewish Community.
Dave Myers, Metro Community Provider Network
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David MyersMr. Myers is the President and CEO of the Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN). He received his BA in journalism from Kent State University in Ohio and began his career first in Peace Corps in Guatemala where he was introduced to public health and then as a journalist in Mexico City. From there he attended the CSU masters program for nutrition and joined the Plan de Salud del Valle organization to work with migrant farmworkers and the rural poor. In 1993 he became CEO for the MCPN and has been in that position up until the present. As director of that organization, he started with two locations and built or created the current network of 23 locations providing health services to the uninsured of suburban Denver. His system encompasses medical clinics, dental clinics, mobile sites, Clinics WithOut Walls and outreach/community service sites. In addition to his duties at MPCN, he is also on the boards of the Colorado Community Managed Care Network, the Colorado Community Health Network and Colorado Access – a safety net HMO.
Maisha Pollard, Fields Foundation
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20140503_1911451Maisha Pollard- Fields is a dynamic and passionate mother, wife, daughter, public servant and alum of Colorado State University. When asked what is your calling, she replied, “My passion is Health and my duty is to serve”. Mrs. Pollard serves the community in various ways; she has been a Registered Nurse for nine years. She began her care in the intensive care unit at King Drew Medical Center located in the heart of South Central Los Angeles where she developed a sincere commitment to improving the lives of children and families whom live on the fringes of poverty. Maisha has also worked as an Infectious Disease Nurse practitioner and Public Health Nurse, where she specialized in the treatment, diagnosis and case management of HIV and AIDS patients.In 2008, Maisha moved back to her home town, Aurora, Colorado, to help her mother Representative, Rhonda Fields run for the state legislature, in Arapahoe County, house District 42. Mrs. Pollard is Representative Rhonda Fields Policy Director and comes from a legacy of trailblazing women who have lived life with a commitment to serve and leave the world a better place.As policy director Maisha is responsible for staffing the Representative’s work on health care, child health, public health, healthcare workforce pipeline and education. She has been extremely instrumental in the creation of physical activity requirements within schools, comprehensive sexual health education and the establishment of the Health Equity Commission.She has focused her career on advocacy, research, and health policy development dedicated to improving equal access to quality healthcare, education and legal work. As a Senior Program Officer for the Piton Foundation, she developed and managed place spaced strategies and programs to increase health insurance for children and educational opportunities for children in the “Children’s Corridor.”Maisha also serves as the executive director of the Fields Wolfe Memorial Fund, a non-profit in Aurora, CO, established after the horrific death of Javad Marshall Fields and Vivian Wolfe, Maisha’s brother. Javad and his finance Vivian were murdered 30 days after graduating from Colorado State University in relation to him being a witness to a murder. Javad was a courageous and purpose driven leader. The Families created the Fields Foundation to ensure every child has a healthy start, a fair, and safe head start in life towards a successful passage to adulthood. The Vision of the Fields Wolfe Memorial Fund is to empower children youth and families by providing access to health care, quality education, and positive character development.Maisha lives her life with vigor, she uses her hands to heal, words to speak life and peace and feet to tread new pathways of hope, promise and restoration to every child and family she encounters.
Steve Poole M.D., Children’s Hospital Colorado
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Steve Poole, M.D., is Medical Director/Executive Director and founder of the Colorado Children’s Healthcare Access Program (CCHAP), Tenured Professor, head of the Division of Community Pediatrics and Vice Chair in the Department of Pediatrics at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine. At Children’s Hospital Colorado, he is a member of the Children’s Hospital Colorado Advocacy Institute Leadership Board, is Chair of the Access-To-Care Task Force of the Children’s Hospital Colorado Advocacy Institute, and a member of the Community Benefit Committee of the Board of Directors of Children’s Hospital Colorado. He is also Medical Director of The Pediatric Locum Tenens Service. He is Founder and first Chairperson of the Section on Telephone Care for the American Academy of Pediatrics and lead author of the AAP Manual entitled “The Complete Guide: Developing a Telephone Triage and Advice System for a Pediatric Office Practice. He received his M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (1972); he did his residency program at University of Colorado in Pediatrics (1975); and a fellowship at the University of Colorado, Behavioral Pediatrics (1976).
Joe Sammen, Colorado Coalition for the Medically Undeserved
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Joe is Director of Community Initiatives at the Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved. He works closely with health collaboratives around the state of Colorado providing technical assistance in facilitation, research, strategic visioning and networking. He coordinates CCMU’s statewide network, the Colorado Network of Health Alliances, which brings together 27 health alliances to share learning, strategies and work.Joe has a passion for working to solve complex public health problems through systemic changes and has a long history of community organizing–both across the nation and around the world. His work at CCMU maximizes his great talents as a relationship-builder, researcher, and communicator, to engage and mobilize Coloradans, empowering them to improve the health of their community.Joe grew up in Lakewood, Colorado and earned bachelor’s degrees in both biology and computer science at the University of Denver and also holds a master’s in public health from the University of Washington. He owns and operates an urban farm in Denver called Sunnyside Up Farm with his wife Haley and son Oliver.
Mitzi Schindler, Aurora Chamber of Commerce
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As the Director of Communications for the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, Mitzi strongly believes that “It’s all about the relationships,” and that good relationships depend on effective communication. Given that, her primary focus at The Chamber is to keep the lines of communication open and flowing between The Chamber and its membership.Prior to working at The Chamber, Mitzi was with the Public Relations Office at the University of Colorado, and was involved in the transition of the university to the former Fitzsimons Army Medical Center – now known as the Anschutz Medical Campus. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Denver.
Jeff Thompson, Director, Government and Corporate Relations, University of Colorado Health
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JThompson_05_2x3_ColorSince January 2005, Jeff has held the position of Director of Government and Corporate Relations for University of Colorado Hospital; and as of March 1, 2012, in the same capacity with University of Colorado Health. In this role he oversees much of the external relations on behalf of UCHealth in coordinating and overseeing liaisons with local, state, and federal elected government officials and maintaining close relationships with key governmental departments and agencies. On the corporate relations side Jeff serves on the boards and committees of a number of business organizations such as the Aurora Chamber of Commerce (current Board Chairman); Aurora Economic Development Council; Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development Corporation; Aurora Health Access; and works closely with many corporate and community leaders throughout the Denver Metro Area and the state. Jeff is also the current chairman of the Colorado Hospital Association Legislative Council.A Denver native, Jeff holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Political Science from Fort Lewis College (1975), and a Masters’ Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver (1978).

[1] United States; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey (ACS), 2013.

[2] Iton, Anthony. Commencement Keynote, May 17 2014. Berkeley, CA.

[3] United States; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey (ACS), 2012.AHA_Table.v2