Speaker Information

Keynote Presentations

A Culture of Health Equity: Are We Ready? What Does the Data Tell Us? 
Speaker: Johnnie “Chip” Allen 

Overview: Achieving a culture of health equity requires the strategic use of data. However, public health data is not always used to its full potential. This presentation will outline how available data can be used to equitably respond to public health challenges like chronic disease inequities,COVID-19 and the political determinants of health. 

Bio: Mr. Allen is a public health expert with over 13 years of experience in addressing health equity issues at the local, state, and national levels. He works in partnership with local communities, governmental agencies, and academic institutions to develop strategies, policies, and analyze data to improve the health of marginalized groups. Mr. Allen has served in various public health capacities. These include working as a Disease Intervention Specialist, HIV/AIDS program manager and the Chief of the Center for Health Promotion at the Ohio Department of Health.

Taking the Pulse of Coloradans: Insights from a Poll of 2.275 Respondents presented by the Colorado Health Foundation
Speakers: Austin Montoya, Kyle Rojas, and Jace Woodrum

The Colorado Health Foundation Poll is an unvarnished look at the worries, priorities and experiences of Coloradans. Launched in September 2020, Pulse interviewed 2,275 Coloradans to understand their thoughts and opinions on health care, affordable housing, mental health, racial injustice, COVID-19, and much more. At this session, we’ll talk together about the results of the inaugural Pulse poll, consider how public opinion data can be useful to the field of public health, and discuss how to strengthen the survey in coming years.    Through Pulse, we know more about what’s keeping people up at night, what’s dominating their dinner table conversations, or what they think needs to happen to make the state a better place. More than 1 in 5 Coloradans are worried they might lose their home because they can’t pay. A majority of Coloradans report increased mental health strain, such as anxiety, loneliness or stress, as a result of COVID-19. Over 40% of Black Coloradans have felt afraid of the police in the last year. These are just a few of the results that have gotten policymakers, journalists and civically engaged Coloradans talking.    Pulse was conducted by a bipartisan pollster team. Using an address-based sample, respondents were contacted through email, text, mail and phone on both cell phones and landlines. The large sample size of Pulse allows for significant analysis of sub-groups such as Black Coloradans, Hispanic respondents, households with low incomes, and more. The full dataset is publicly available for download as part of our commitment to transparency, and an interactive Tableau dashboard makes the results accessible for anyone. Pulse: The Colorado Health Foundation Poll is an annual survey and will be conducted again in 2021. Session participants will have the opportunity to weigh in on what topics they’d like to see explored in the 2021 poll.

Plenary Presentation

No Connection: Building a Virtual Workforce to Collect Data on the Navajo Reservation during COVID-19
Speaker: Ashleigh Manuelito

Overview: The Navajo Nation spans over 27,000 square miles and is home to over 298,000 enrolled members. During COVID-19, the Navajo Nation experienced one of the highest COVID rates in the world. In collaboration with many health programs and tribal leaders, Community Outreach Programming Engagement (COPE) spearheaded a virtual workforce in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Through combined efforts of many community members, COPE has been able to successfully measure the spread of the virus and ensure social support for affected families and communities. It is through these connections that allowed us to foster strong relationships within the communities where we work, enabling us to effectively mobilize high-impact programs and mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

Bio: Ashleigh was born and raised in Flagstaff, Arizona. She is a proud member of the Navajo Nation. She holds a B.A. in Human Biology with a concentration of Neurobiology and Philosophy of Mind from Stanford University. She is currently a Masters of Public Health student at the University of Arizona studying Health Behavior Health Promotion. Ashleigh has worked with the National Indian Health Board as a Youth Advisory Board Member and Tribal Health Policy Fellow. She has conducted research with the NIH National Institutes on Aging. Ashleigh plans to pursue a medical degree with hopes of maintaining a connection to her Indigenous roots. She hopes to one day shift the paradigm of health programming to allow for healing through culture.

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