HCAC Zoom Videoconference: Racial Disparities and Health Equity

HCAC Zoom Videoconference: Racial Disparities and Health Equity

Saturday, October 17   ●   10 am   ●   ZOOM Videoconference (RSVP below for link)

Did you know that the state of Colorado declared racism to be a public health crisis?

Health Care for All Colorado will host a presentation and discussion on racial injustice and the impact on health care disparity.

Joining us from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Executive Director Jill Hunsaker Ryan will present her data on racial disparities in health care and answer questions on the topic.

Also joining us for this presentation will be Dusti Gurule, Executive Director of COLOR to discuss racial injustice, impacts to health access, and health care as a human right.

Please RSVP now to obtain your link to the Zoom videoconference via email.

About our Presenters:



Jill Hunsaker Ryan, MPH – Executive Director, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Jill Hunsaker Ryan, MPH, is a public health professional with more than two decades of experience in the field. Most recently, she was a two-term Eagle County commissioner, where she focused her efforts on affordable health care, environmental protection, climate action, emergency preparedness, and increasing mental health resources. At the same time, she served as president of the Colorado Communities for Climate Action. Ryan also has served as manager of the Eagle County Public Health agency.

She is no stranger to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. She was a previous director of the Office of Health Disparities, now called the Office of Health Equity, and was a governor's appointee to the state Board of Health. Ryan lives in Eagle County and will continue to incorporate the diverse public health and environmental needs of the Western Slope into her work.


Dusti Gurule – Executive Director, Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR)

Dusti Gurule is an accomplished executive leader with more than 25 years of national, state and local public sector and nonprofit experience. She has an extensive track record in collaborative leadership, strategic planning, community and public engagement, organizational management, and coalition/partnership building.

From September 2010 to January 2017, Dusti served as a political appointee under the Obama administration, representing the U.S. Secretary of Labor in a seven state region where she strengthened connections between community-based stakeholders and federal, state and local entities.

After a brief respite from appointed office, Dusti returned to her roots in advocacy for communities of color in October 2017, as the ​Interim Executive Director for the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity & Reproductive Rights (COLOR) where she had previously served as the Program Manager from 2003-2004. On March 1, 2018, she accepted the position on a permanent basis and now serves as Executive Director for COLOR and COLOR Action Fund.

From the COLOR website:


Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR) is a community-rooted organization that works to enable Latinx individuals and their families to lead safe, healthy and self-determined lives.

COLOR works to ensure that Latinx individuals and their families are accessing opportunities and resources for the health of mind, body, and spirit.

We value justice and equity for all people: creating awareness of intersectionality and the ways it is used to either support or marginalizes Latinx communities. We are a community rooted and work to create intergenerational opportunities and leadership. We model sex positivity and support Latinx individuals’ right to make their own decisions.



October 17, 2020 at 10:00am - 12pm
ZOOM Videoconference (link provided by email when you RSVP)
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