Good & Grounded
The State of Vaccinations in Colorado - A Conversation with Colorado Community Leaders

The State of Vaccinations in Colorado - A Conversation with Colorado Community Leaders

April 28, 2022

Political divisions, hesitancy and inequality in our health systems have kept people around the world and here in Colorado from getting inoculated, which has just prolonged this already taxing pandemic. In this episode of Good & Grounded Jim Licko and Ramonna Robinson did a deep dive into the heated topic of vaccine inequality with Father Dang, a community outreach worker within the Vietnamese community, Fernando Pineda-Reyes, the founder of CREA – who works with diverse communities throughout Colorado and Cali Zimmerman, the emergency management coordination with Denver's Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE). Listen in as our guests describe why there is such misinformation and how we, as a community, can work together to change the conversation. 

A Haven for Reproductive Healthcare | Adrienne Mansanares of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

A Haven for Reproductive Healthcare | Adrienne Mansanares of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

April 14, 2022

FACT: 1 in 5 women in the United States has chosen Planned Parenthood for health care at least once in her life. On the latest Good and Grounded episode, Laura and Jim talk to Adrienne Mansanares, the newly named CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. Tune in as she shares how the pandemic exacerbated an already looming public health crisis, and how Colorado is poised to become a regional haven for reproductive healthcare after passing House Bill 1279 in late March.

Child Abuse Prevention Month | Jade Woodard of Illuminate Colorado and Margaret Ochoa of the Colorado Department of Public Safety

Child Abuse Prevention Month | Jade Woodard of Illuminate Colorado and Margaret Ochoa of the Colorado Department of Public Safety

March 29, 2022

Do you know what signs to look for to signal that a child may have been a victim of abuse or neglect? On this episode of Good & Grounded, Jade Woodard, executive director of Illuminate Colorado, and Margaret Ochoa, child sexual abuse prevention specialist at the Colorado Department of Public Safety, join us to share what to look for and encourage us all to call the state hotline at 1-844-CO-4-KIDS to make an anonymous report.

A Voice for Ukraine | Marina Dubrova of Ukrainians of Colorado

A Voice for Ukraine | Marina Dubrova of Ukrainians of Colorado

March 22, 2022

As Ukraine remains under attack, Coloradans are stepping up to help our Ukrainian neighbors on the Front Range support their family and friends back home. In this special edition of Good & Grounded, Jim Licko and Laura Love speak with the president of Ukrainians for Colorado about how nearly 300 Ukrainians living in Colorado have rallied together during the past month to help the war raging in Eastern Europe and how you can get involved to make a difference as well.

And It’s Still Alright | Kari Nott of The Marigold Project

And It’s Still Alright | Kari Nott of The Marigold Project

March 3, 2022

A hometown favorite - Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - do so much more than create incredible music. They also launched The Marigold Project to support historic institutions, brilliant ideas and driven individuals and just recently created “Ground Cover” -- a community conversation series at the lived-in and timeless Skylark Lounge (which was purchased by Rateliff in 2020). This series creates dialogue around the importance of community and subverting the systems that don’t serve us. Listen to this episode of Good & Grounded to hear more about how one of our local heroes is giving back to the community and how you can get in on the conversation.

Affordable Housing in the Mountains | Kimball Crangle of Gorman & Company

Affordable Housing in the Mountains | Kimball Crangle of Gorman & Company

February 17, 2022

Most of us are well aware of the hot housing market, rising prices and lack of affordable housing along the Front Range – our mountain town neighbors are being hit even harder. On Good & Grounded this week, Laura and Jim talked with the Colorado Market President of Gorman & Company, Kimball Crangle, about what is happening with housing in our mountain communities, and what innovative measures local communities are taking to slow the problem down and make housing attainable for the local workforce.

The State of Children’s Mental Health in Colorado | Dr. Sheryl Ziegler

The State of Children’s Mental Health in Colorado | Dr. Sheryl Ziegler

February 3, 2022

If you are a parent, there is a good chance you have heard Dr. Sheryl Ziegler on the national news talking about the stress of raising young humans while working through a pandemic and the ‘mommy burnout’ that many of us are facing. She stepped away from CNN and The Today Show to join Laura and Jim on Good & Grounded to offer some tips to help all of us – regardless of our parenting status – make it through these challenging times. This quick listen may give you the tips you need to keep your head above water this year.

If you or your child is in a crisis, text TALK to 38255 or call 844-493-8255.

Supporting Animal Shelters During the Pandemic | Laurie Peterson of Dumb Friends League

Supporting Animal Shelters During the Pandemic | Laurie Peterson of Dumb Friends League

January 20, 2022

It’s a name that is synonymous with Denver and for the past 110 years this group has moved mountains to try and end pet homelessness and animal suffering. When the pandemic hit, Dumb Friends League never shut their doors as people rushed in to adopt pets. If you know someone who is dealing with loss, is lonely or needs a furry friend while working from home, Laurie Peterson, VP of marketing of DFL shares a few tips on what it takes to bring a perfectly imperfect pet into their new forever home.

Standing Up For Children Through Advocacy | Jenny Bender of CASA Colorado and Judge Bonnie McLean

Standing Up For Children Through Advocacy | Jenny Bender of CASA Colorado and Judge Bonnie McLean

January 6, 2022

Court-appointed special advocate (CASA) volunteers are people just like you. They make a life-changing difference for children who have experienced abuse or neglect. On this episode of Good & Grounded, Jim and Laura (a CASA volunteer herself) talk with Executive Director of CASA Colorado Jenny Bender, and 18th Judicial District Judge Bonnie McLean. In 2021, thousands of Colorado children were matched with a CASA but only 35% of the kids that needed a CASA were able to receive one. CASA is in desperate need of more volunteers, specifically males and people from diverse communities, to reflect the children and families they are serving. Change a child's story and visit www.coloradocasa.org to get involved.

The Value of Lived Experience | Gary Sanford of Caring for Denver

The Value of Lived Experience | Gary Sanford of Caring for Denver

November 18, 2021

In 2018, 70% of Denver voters said yes to raising funds to help heal members of our community dealing with mental health and substance misuse issues. Caring For Denver was formed to oversee $0.25 from every $100 spent into a community fund for mental health and substance misuse needs. On this episode of Good & Grounded, Jim Licko and Laura Love talk with Gary Sanford, with the Caring For Denver Foundation, about how his team decides how to distribute more than $35 million annually to support programs in Denver that provide alternatives to jails and emergency rooms as a first stop for those in crisis. If you want to make a positive impact, visit caring4denver.org and share a personal story to help normalize the conversation around mental health or substance issues

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