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Together We Protect: Vaccine Equity Fund Report 2021

October 20, 2021

In early 2021, the hope of ending the pandemic became a reality with new vaccines available to protect people from COVID-19. The challenge then became how to vaccinate the entire world knowing that many barriers existed in achieving this goal. In response, thirteen funding partners, Immunize Colorado and the Colorado Vaccine Equity Task Force formed a unique partnership to provide rapid funding into communities highly impacted by COVID-19 to ensure communities of color and those who face systemic barriers have the best possible information about the COVID-19 vaccine and can access the vaccine through low-barrier opportunities. Together We Protect – Colorado's COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Fund (TWP) was launched in March 2021, with Caring for Colorado Foundation serving as the coordinating entity. This report examines the impact of the program so far.

Gaining Momentum: A FrameWorks Communications Toolkit

March 1, 2017

The way Americans currently think about aging creates obstacles to productive practices and policies. How can the field of aging help build a better understanding of aging, ageism, and what it will take to create a more age-integrated society?Click "Download" to access this resource.

Aging, Agency and the Attribution of Responsibility: Shifting Public Discourse About Older Adults

April 15, 2016

This report analyzes and compares media and advocacy organizations' narratives about aging and older adults. The goal of the report is to suggest communications strategies that advocates can use to push media discourse in more productive directions, and ultimately increase public support for the policies and programs necessary to promote the well-being of older adults, and ensure their full participation in American society

ProComp Teacher Perspectives on Deisng, Usability, and Impact: Focus Group Findings, Implications & Reccomendations

November 1, 2015

During March 2015, the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA) and Denver Public School District Senior Administration (Admin) engaged third party consultant Mission Spark, LLC, to engage teachers and special service providers around their perspectives on and experiences with the District's compensation system, commonly known as ProComp. Senior representatives from each organization worked collaboratively to identify critical topics to explore based on past engagement efforts, to select schools for participation, and to group teachers and special service providers (SSPs) for focus groups. In addition, the Mission Spark team conducted 11 interviews with primary stakeholders involved in the design and evaluation of the ProComp system to promote continuity between evaluative and engagement efforts.This final report, geared at an internal (not public) audience, provides more detailed insight into participant perspectives, implications of those insights, shares teacher-generated ideas for improving ProComp, and finishes with recommendations for both further exploration and considerations for the renegotiation of ProComp 3.0.

Guaging Aging: Mapping the Gaps Between Expert and Public Understandings of Aging in America

April 30, 2015

This report lays the groundwork for a larger effort to develop a new, evidence-based narrative around the process of aging in our country and the needs and contributions of older adults. By comparing experts' views to those of the general public, the report details a set of communications challenges to elevating public support for policies and programs that promote the well-being of older adults. Key among these issues is the public's view of aging as a decidedly negative and deterministic process, as well as its overall fatalism about our collective ability to find solutions to the challenges of an aging population.

A Report from the Design Team for Compensation and Career Pathways

September 1, 2014

The Design Team for Compensation and Career Pathways is a group of teachers, and school and central office leaders selected by the Denver Public Schools (DPS) and the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA). They were charged with engaging in a learning process to determine if there were ways to strengthen the compensation, career pathways and related structures to support recruitment and retention of strong teachers and increase career satisfaction and success within DPS. They undertook this process in anticipation of the need to renew the agreement that governs the district's nationally renowned Professional Compensation System for Teachers (ProComp) as well as upcoming contract negotiations between DPS and DCTA.Over four months the Team met nine times. Its work involved reviewing research studies, examining compensation and career progression examples from other school districts and selected non-education industries, reviewing teacher and principal focus group and survey results, and engaging in deep discussion around design principles and possible frameworks that could be used to strengthen ProComp and career opportunities for teachers. This report is the product of their work.

Seeds of Opportunity: A National Study of Immersive Jewish Outdoor, Food, and Environmental Education (JOFEE)

March 10, 2014

This research was designed to describe immersive JOFEE programs, participants, and professionals, as well as what is happening in the lives of individuals, communities, and Jewish institutions as a result of these experiences. The study also explored the possible opportunities and challenges which practitioners, funders, and community leaders should consider, going forward, in relation to JOFEE.The research utilized mixed-methods, including qualitative and quantitative data collection, and a thorough review of related literature. Approximately 40 stakeholders were interviewed, including JOFEE program directors and educators, rabbis, funders, entrepreneurs, community organizers, thought-leaders, and Jewish education leaders. Additional qualitative data came from two focus groups in Colorado and four focus groups in New York. A survey of individuals over the age of 18 who had participated in immersive JOFEE programs (n=655) provided quantitative data. In addition, 41 immersive JOFEE programs completed a form providing summary information on their program's history of participation and staffing, budget and a program description. The variety of data sources, offering different perspectives, increases confidence in the findings of this initial look at JOFEE.

Boomers Leading Change

June 28, 2007

Presents findings from a mixed-method assessment of Denver area Baby Boomers' interests, needs, and opportunities to remain engaged in community life. Analyzes data by gender, race/ethnicity, income level, and other factors, and proposes new initiatives.

Kids' Health Care Access: Diagnosis and Prescription for Improvement

February 1, 2007

Examines the current state of health care access, coverage, provider capacity and quality of care for children in Metro Denver, and proposes solutions to providing care for Colorado's uninsured and under-insured children.

In Harm's Way: Aiding Children Exposed to Trauma

November 1, 2005

Provides an overview of childhood trauma, including its prevalence, causes, and effects. Examines the needs of children exposed to trauma, and strategies for early identification and intervention.