In 2013, The Colorado Trust began funding the Health Equity Learning Series (HELS). The purpose of HELS was to increase knowledge and awareness of the social determinants of health (SDOH) in Colorado. A series of speakers annually spoke in Denver, primarily to the local nonprofit community. At the same time, grants were awarded to nonprofit organizations in 65 communities around the state to host "viewing parties," giving others outside of Denver the opportunity to hear the speaker and have a discussion.
Among the 65 organizations over the course of three years, seven were awarded grants all three years, thereby hosting community events for approximately 12 speakers. This report is based on qualitative interviews conducted with these seven grantees. The purpose of the interviews was to understand how these organizations and communities applied lessons from HELS speakers to their daily work, how HELS impacted their efforts and how they were able to implement informed action as a result.