Colorado Springs, CO --October 20, 2016
At a press conference in the newly renovated Deerfield Hills Community Center, El Pomar Foundation announced El Paso County Public Health (EPCPH) as the lead agency in a community-led initiative to strengthen Southeast Colorado Springs. The initiative was introduced in June when El Pomar Foundation released the Possibilities: Southeast Colorado Springs request for proposal seeking cross sector community coalitions. Following a planning process and initial $25,000 grant to support it, EPCPH and its partners will be eligible for $350,000 to be granted over a seven-year period, $50,000 each year, from El Pomar Foundation.
“Our agency is committed to health equity, the attainment of the highest level of health for all people – where no one is denied that chance because of who they are, where they live or their socio-economic status,” said Dan Martindale, Public Health Director at El Paso County Public Health. “We are honored to be selected as a recipient of the Possibilities grant, along with our many RISE coalition partners.”
RISE (Resilient, Inspired, Strong, and Engaged) refers to a coalition of over thirty public, private, nonprofit, and community agencies. El Paso County Public Health and its RISE partners will coordinate a planning process to identify the desired needs of the community and create action plans to address them. Three agencies-- The YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region, the Council of Neighbors and Organizations, and the Colorado Springs Black Chamber of Commerce --will facilitate and oversee planning committees in each of three areas of opportunity: healthy families, healthy community, and healthy economy.
El Paso County Public Health’s plan prioritizes resident engagement by including services and resources such as child care, healthy meals and snacks, translation support, and transportation to encourage and enable their participation. Residents will also represent the majority voice on the steering committee to ensure the goals of the community drive the process.
“The Trustees of El Pomar are committed to serving the people of Colorado,” said William J. Hybl, Chairman and CEO of El Pomar Foundation. “By investing grant dollars in Southeast Colorado Springs, we intend to build on the momentum of current efforts in the community.”
The planning process will occur through March of 2017. If your organization operates in the Southeast Colorado Springs community or you are a resident interested in learning more, contact Mina Liebert at MinaLiebert@elpasoco.com.