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Deliana Garcia, MA

The Colorado Trust is a foundation that has been dedicated exclusively to the health of the people of Colorado since 1985. On Thursday, Oct. 13, in partnership with Western Colorado Area Health Education Center, the trust will be bringing a health equity learning series to Delta County. The program aims to increase knowledge and awareness of health equity through presentations from experts discussing factors that increase disparities and solutions that advance health equity.

"Health equity" has become an increasingly popular term among policymakers, foundations and elected officials, yet there is no established definition of the phrase. The Colorado Trust describes health equity as inherent to its organizational vision that "all Coloradans have fair and equal opportunities to lead healthy, productive lives regardless of race, ethnicity, income or where we live."

Georgia Stewart, executive director of Western Colorado Area Health Education Center, plays a key role in bringing The Colorado Trust program to Delta County. "The Western Colorado Area Health Education Center's vision is to collaborate with rural communities on the Western Slope to bring quality education to the communities," Stewart said. "With the health equity series, Delta County will have speakers who are known for excellence in their field to provide education and a great dialogue to help grow the community's health."

LaDonna Gunn, assistant district director for Delta County Libraries, is enthusiastic about collaborating with Stewart and The Colorado Trust to host and promote the program. "We feel that the information included in the series is highly valuable and the quality and caliber of the presenters truly notable," Gunn stated. "Delta County is fortunate to have access to a program that has most recently only been offered on the Front Range of Colorado attracting audiences of 100-200 people."

The first presentation in the series will take place at the Delta Library at 6 p.m. on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 13, and will feature guest speaker Deliana Garcia, MA, of the Migrant Clinicians Network in Austin, Texas. Garcia's presentation will focus on migrant workers and homelessness, health outcomes, affordable housing access and more as they relate to health equity. Garcia has dedicated more than 25 years to the health and wellness needs of migrant and other underserved populations.

Migrant workers as well as organizations and service providers for migrant workers are strongly encouraged to attend this dynamic educational program. Space is limited so interested participants should register now by visiting the Delta County Libraries website at http://www.deltalibraries.org/health

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