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Hot Issues in Health

Colorado's Essential Health Policy Conference Returns in Person and Online
Published: September 7, 2022 | Updated: December 9, 2022


Today's the Day!

Watch live from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Want a more interactive experience? Join our Zoom meeting at any point during the day. Simply register here: 

About Hot Issues in Health

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.


7:15-8:15 a.m. — Breakfast (Sponsored by COPIC)

8:15-9:00 a.m. — Welcome and Opening Remarks

Sara Schmitt, Interim President & CEO, CHI
Jeff Bontrager, Director of Research and Evaluation, CHI
Emily Johnson, Director of Policy Analysis, CHI

9:00-10:00 a.m. — Let's Acclimate Colorado: The Leadership Needed to Protect Community Health from Climate Change

Karam Ahmad, Senior Policy Analyst, CHI
Panel Host: Javier Soto, President & CEO, The Denver Foundation

  • Renée M. Chacon, Executive Director, Womxn from the Mountain
  • Olga González, Executive Director, Cultivando
  • Dan Waldvogle, Director of External Affairs, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union

10:00-10:15 a.m. — Break

10:15-10:35 a.m. — Governor Jared Polis

10:35-11:35 a.m. — Fragmented Systems of Care: Can We Ever Escape?

Ashlie Brown, Director, CHI
Nicole Weber, Program Manager, CHI
Facilitators: Nina Bastian, Kirsti Klaverkamp, Suman Mathur, Program Managers, CHI

11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. — Lunch (Sponsored by Colorado Access)

1:00-2:00 p.m. — It's Not Just COVID: A Social Justice Lens on the Mental Health Crisis

Suman Mathur, Program Manager, CHI

  • Morgan Medlock, Commissioner, Behavioral Health Administration
  • Lesley Brooks, Chief of Addiction Medicine, SummitStone Health Partners

2:00-2:15 p.m. — Break

2:15-3:15 p.m. — 2023 Legislative Session Preview

Joe Hanel, Director of Communications, CHI
Allie Morgan, Director, CHI

3:15-3:25 p.m. — Closing Remarks and Gift Certificate Drawing

Kristi Arellano, Managing Director of Marketing Communications

3:25-5 p.m. — Reception (Sponsored by the Colorado Hospital Association)


Hilton Denver Inverness | 200 Inverness Drive West, Englewood, Colorado 80112

Registration Policies

CHI will adhere to CDC recommendations and all local guidance in place at the time of the conference. Upon registering, conference attendees will be asked to review and accept our refund policy, media release (which allows us to take pictures that you might appear in), and COVID-19 waiver.


Thank You to Our 2022 Sponsors

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