Is health care a right? Or is health care a limited resource primarily for those who can afford it? And how is the story of "health equity" told through America's news media? Rocky Mountain PBS vice president of News Laura Frank is on a luncheon panel on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 addressing these questions, hosted by The Colorado Trust.
The Rocky Mountain PBS / I-News series on ethnic and racial disparities in Colorado called "Losing Ground" continues to generate interest and response, Frank told "First Take with Lando and Chavis." Infant mortality rates (a global indicator) were improving for Colorado. Now the Centennial State is worse than the national average, and especially for Latino and African-American babies, according to Losing Ground. But the report is sparking conversations and action.
"I've never seen a community take a piece of investigative journalism and make it its own like the Colorado Black Roundtable has done," says Frank. The CBRT is holding a weekend forum on the challenges raised by the Losing Ground report in September.
Also on Thursday's Colorado Trust panel on "Telling the Health Equity Story" at History Colorado is documentary filmmaker Llewellyn Smith. Details on the Health Equity series are available www.coloradotrust.org.