SEASON 1

Explore more about health equity and how it impacts Colorado Springs

Intro: Health Equity and How we Got Here.

For the last couple years Colorado Springs, CO was considered one of the most desirable places to live in the country but residents living in Southeast Colorado Springs face challenges unlike the rest of the city. Learn about how Colorado Springs came to be and what health equity is.

Neighborhoods and Housing

The housing market in Colorado Springs is booming... and its impacting the Southeast Community in various ways... some have found opportunities in addressing the shortage. Others are working to change zoning codes to allow for more housing. Either way its time our community begins to take real action in addressing the boom before we are pushed out.

Social Connection

Studies show that the lack of social connectedness is a greater determinant of health than obesity, smoking, and high blood pressure. Learn how the community fights to stay connected through the uncertain times of the pandemic. Plus, meet The Real People of Southeast and hear more about why growing up in Southeast is an invaluable experience.

Criminal Justice

In order to reduce crime and improve public safety, we must ensure our communities are connected and have opportunities for all to thrive. Being involved in the criminal justice system makes it challenging to do either of things but despite the challenges Southeast Colorado Springs residents Juaquin Mobley and Estevan Medina have found ways to provide the opportunities and connections through the Transforming Safety Grant Program.

Economics/Entreprenuership

There was a time when the South Academy corridor was generating over half of the cities sales tax but as development moved north, Southeast COS was left with vacant and dilapidated shopping centers. Learn more about the programs that are now equipping Southeast Entrepreneurs with the tools to open businesses and develop our economy. 

Education

Education is one of the most critical social determinants of health. COVID has created challenges for schools and families across the US but in many ways it brought us together. HSD2 has been working to address inequities long before COVID, which put them ahead of the game for providing resources for families in the district.