BeHeard Mile High
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About

African American voices making change.

Right now our voices aren’t being heard in a unified way – BeHeard Mile High is striving to change that. We want every African American in Metro Denver to have the opportunity to share their voice on various issues that affects us all because we have the wisdom to create the healthy community we want and deserve.

The goal of BeHeard Mile High is to collect that wisdom, unify our voices, and project it in a way that will get our agenda on the city’s priority list.

As a project of the Center for African American Health – a  Metro Denver organization providing culturally responsive health education and health promotion programs – BeHeard Mile High’s easy-to-take surveys will spark ongoing dialogue among residents, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and others. We will take the results to key decision-makers to ignite positive change throughout the city.
 

Here’s how you can be heard

●      Choose to take surveys online, via text message or in the mail.
●      Share your opinion on issues you’re most interested in – like physical and mental health, education, healthy food access, health care access, and parks and transportation.
●      Earn a raffle entry into prizes such as bikes, gift cards to local black-owned businesses, gift baskets, and local events.

Ready to share your voice? Click here to join the movement today!

Speak up and make a difference

With 120,000+ African American residents in the Metro Denver area, that’s 120,000+ voices that should be heard. Add your voice to the chorus so we can create the healthy community we want and deserve.

Simply sign up to take surveys via text, online or in the mail, – and we’ll ask you questions like:

  • If you don't see a doctor enough, what would help you visit a doctor more?
  • What would help you improve your housing situation?
  • Where would you like to get your fruits and vegetables?

 The choice is yours to decide how often to take surveys and your responses will always be anonymous.


Community Advisory Board

 

Abby Laib

  • Reason for involvement in BeHeard Mile High: I am eager to share my analytical and survey development expertise while learning about a new methodology that will help give communities a voice.
  • How results and engagement in BeHeard Mile High can/will inform your work and/or organization: The results from this project will help my organization better understand the health and wellness needs of communities to inform our interventions and work related to chronic disease prevention and management.

Karam Ahmad

  • Reason for involvement in BeHeard Mile High: Interested in civic engagement, community health, came to first meeting it Jeff Bontrager and like the platform this is based on.
  • How results and engagement in BeHeard Mile High can/will inform your work and/or organization: Better capturing data on this demographic can better help us understand the needs, outcomes, other health and wellness related outcomes/indicators for this population. We can possibly use it in future research.

Jeff Bontrager

  • Reason for involvement in BeHeard Mile High:  BeHeard Mile High is an innovative approach to ensure that the diversity of our communities is represented in the data and at the table. That’s really exciting to me.
  • How results and engagement in BeHeard Mile High can/will inform your work and/or organization:  The BeHeard Mile High results will help us better understand the health and social issues that we analyze at the Colorado Health Institute. The engagement with BeHeard Mile High is invigorating, enlightening and grounding.

Kristin Paulson

  • Reason for Involvement in BeHeard Mile High: Health inequity can be the result of many different factors, including physical access to care, financial ability to access care, child care, transportation, culture, quality of care and many others. CIVHC recognizes the need to be able to speak about our care system in more than monetary terms and works to identify partners that can connect us to the data outside of health care claims, so we can help create a comprehensive picture of the state of health for our communities, and can support community champions in creating positive change. The BeHeard Mile High program is an incredible opportunity to connect with those partners.
  • How results and engagement in BeHeard Mile High can/will inform your work and/or organization: We hope to help inform many of the results from the BeHeard Mile High projects by adding claims data, or data about health care cost and utilization, to some of the data outputs. This data will help identify if communities are experiencing unusual obstacles to achieving health, or have high incidence of a specific condition that can be addressed or supported through community action. Additionally, we have programs that we directly run through CIVHC, focusing on advanced care planning, end of life, and wellness activities that we can share with the communities we are working with at BeHeard Mile High. Claims data is a valuable asset, but it’s meaningless without the context of community and engagement. We hope to find partnerships that we can support by connecting data with community action.

Riley Bright

  • Reason for involvement in BeHeard Mile High: I am passionate about cross-sector collaboration; and working with initiatives that amplify the voices of strong and vibrant communities affected by structural inequities – which BeHeard Mile High aims to do.
  • How results and engagement in BeHeard Mile High can/will inform your work and/or organization: The Center for Health Equity seeks to work with communities and community based organizations in using data and research to inform advocacy and action. BeHeardMileHigh is seeking to find the underrepresented voices in research, and we are hopeful that this partnership will allow us to truly support community with relevant information and data, so they may understand and organize for action where they find it necessary. 

...and many others.