Hot Issues in Health

Colorado's essential health policy conference. Every December.

Hot Issues in Health is Colorado’s essential health policy conference, bringing together a diverse crowd — state legislators, regional and local policymakers, representatives from insurance carriers and health systems, consumer advocates, health care providers, researchers, and students — to network and learn about the state’s most pressing health, health policy, and health care issues.


The In-Person Conference Is Sold Out

You can still join us online. We're preparing a rich experience for our online attendees. 

This won't be just another webinar. Our online audience will have many opportunities to interact with the in-person conference, meet our speakers, and network with others. Thanks to support from Rocky Mountain Health Plans, online attendance is free.

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Details on the sold-out in-person event

Hot Issues in Health Conference Agenda – Dec. 1, 2023

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Download the full agenda with session descriptions. Leer in Español.

8:00–9:00 a.m.  Breakfast

9:00–9:15 a.m.  Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:15–9:45 a.m.  A Sneak Peek at the 2023 Colorado Health Access Survey

9:45–10:30 a.m.  ChatGPT and Your Brain: Changing How We Think About Thinking

10:45–11:45 a.m.  Can Artificial Intelligence Set Us Free? How Rapid Technological Advancement May Finally Deliver the Support We Were Promised

12:00–1:00 p.m.  Lunch. Sponsored by the Colorado Health Foundation

1:00–2:15 p.m.  Breakout Sessions

  • Screens: A Youth-Led Guide to Mental Health in the Age of Social Media
  • You’re Already Making a Difference: How to Amplify Your Role in Climate Adaptation to Advance Health Equity
  • Transforming Silos into People-First Systems

2:30–3:00 p.m.  Health Policy and Politics in 2024

3:00–3:45 p.m.  Hearing from Our Legislators

3:45–4:00 p.m.  Closing Remarks and Gift Card Drawing

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.  Reception. Sponsored by Colorado Hospital Association, Partners for Children’s Mental Health, and the Trailhead Institute     

2023 Conference Sponsors

Health Equity Champion Sponsor:

Rocky Mountain Health Plans logo

Reception Sponsors:

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Lunch Sponsor: 

Colorado Health Foundation logo

Snack and Networking Station Sponsor:

Colorado access logo

Scholarship Sponsors:
Colorado Community Health Alliance  •  Craig Hospital  •  Intermountain Health

Wi-Fi Sponsor:  Connect for Health Colorado    Lactation Room Sponsor: Caring for Colorado   
Prize Sponsor: Green Spaces

Become a Hot Issues in Health Sponsor

The Colorado Health Institute invites you to join in supporting Hot Issues in Health. Secure your sponsorship now. 

For more information about Hot Issues in Health sponsorship opportunities, contact Kristi Arellano, Managing Director of Marketing and Communications,

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2023 Keynote Speaker Nita Farahany

Nita Farahany is a legal scholar and ethicist, Director of the Duke Initiative for Science and Society and author of The Battle for Your Brain: Defending Your Right to Think Freely in the Age of Neurotechnology.

Nita leads audiences on an optimistic, but cautionary, tour through the future of artificial intelligence and neurotechnology. She explores the necessary regulations and shifts that must accompany this rapidly developing technology. 

Hot Issues in Health Scholarships 

Thanks to our generous sponsors, 2023 conference attendance scholarships have been provided  for people representing rural or grassroots organizations, groups serving and led by people of color, students, and early career professionals. Applications are now closed, but if cost is an impediment to your attendance, we encourage you to register for free online access to the conference.

A Hybrid Conference Like No Other

We aim for the same high quality for our online participants as we do for those in the room. Join us online, and you'll get:

  • Opportunities to ask questions live and interact with people in the hall
  • Exclusive Q and A sessions with our speakers
  • Bonus pre-recorded content during session breaks
  • Real-time Spanish interpretation
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2022 Conference Highlights

204 In-person Registrants

237 Online Registrants

300+ Livestream Views

6 Hours of Live Spanish Interpretation

Hot Issues in Health Is Compliant with Amendment 41.

Please click this link to read our letter ruling from the Independent Ethics Commission.

Humans of Hot Issues

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