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Health & Accessibility

Our coalition will focus its work on problems related to health and accessibility issue area, which is very broad and entails mental health, sexual health, access to healthcare, food security, people with disabilities and many more. It will specifically focus on related problems of the Colorado Springs community in collaboration with local community partners as well as related offices, departments and student organizations at Colorado College. The work of the coalition is especially important considering the current situation- COVID-19 pandemic, worsening mental health, bad economic situation leading to decreasing access to healthcare etc. and this website provides some resources to learn more about the issue area and some of the related problems.

Current State of the Issue at CC

Groups

There are multiple student organizations at CC focused on specific problems and or sub-issues within our issue area:

Accessibility and individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities

Global health and health disparities

Mental health

Reproductive health

Sexual and mental health

Student Title IX Assistance and Resource Team (START) 

Careers in healthcare

Courses

  • AN235/SO290 Global Health: Biosocial Perspectives
  • PS366 Politics of Global Health
  • SO246 Sociology of Health and Medicine
  • SO290 Advanced Topics: Global Women’s Health
  • SO290 Advanced Topics: Global Mental Health Policy
  • SO 292/FG 206 Sociology of Body and Health
  • EC 355 Health Economics

Offices and Departments

Global Health Program

Wellness Resource Center

  • Within the context of the holistic well-being, and health education, the Wellness Resource Center works in three primary focus areas: sexual violence prevention and response; substance use education and abuse prevention; and mental health promotion and suicide prevention. As part of their programming they offer peer-facilitated and staff-facilitated peer-to-peer support groups as well as various workshops and programs focused around the above areas.  An example of such peer-facilitated support group is The Healing Project aimed at survivors of sexual assault that addresses the dynamic and ongoing process of trauma and healing. One of the programs offered by the WRC is The Well Campaign designed to promote the idea that wellness is a process—rather than being an end goal.
Chaplain's Office
  • The Chaplain's Office offers spiritual, meditation and contemplative practices such as morning meditation or Qi Gong.

Accessibility Resources Office 

  • Accessibility Resources celebrates access, equity, and inclusion by, amongst others, administering a range of accommodations and services for students with disabilities. For more information you can reach out to Jan Edwards and Sara Rotunno, director and assistant director of Accessibility Resources.

Accessibility Resources Student Leadership Council 

  • The Accessibility Resources Student Leadership Council assists in providing disability awareness and programming to the Colorado College community. The Council also provides input on policies, procedures, and initiatives under the responsibility of the Office of Accessibility Resources, as needed.
  • The council is composed of students registered with the office of Accessibility Resources who are committed to making positive contributions to disability awareness and culture at CC. The assistant director of Accessibility Resources serves as chair, and additional members include the director of Accessibility Resources, the Vice Provost, and a faculty member with significant interest in disability studies and student support. 

Advising Hub

  • Jane Byrnes is the student success special and pre-health professions advising manager and has  lots of information on health partnerships on and off campus, especially for those interested in careers in healthcare.

Student Counseling Center

  • No student is denied counseling services because of financial hardship, and arrangements can be made with the counselor and the Dean’s Office to provide financial support for services from The Counseling Center (counseling sessions and psychiatric appointments). The first six counseling appointments are free for everyone.

Organizations

The Health and Accessibility Coalition will collaborate and help, amongst others, the following community partners :

How to Get Involved

Current volunteering opportunities related to our coalition and others can be explored here.

Currently CC students can be a companionship volunteer at the Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care.

Students interested in project-based community engagement might be interested in the PEAK Inquiry Project -- a program through which community organizations and city departments can submit knowledge- and research-based project ideas to share with CC students, faculty, volunteer teams, and courses.  PEAK stands for “Publicly Engaged, Actionable Knowledge” and the mission of the program is to bring the knowledge of the campus to bear on public, real-world issues.  The goal of the PEAK Inquiry Project  is to connect campus change-makers to community INQUIRIES – real-world questions, challenges, and problems – of the Pikes PEAK region.

Resources

Panels

  • Watch the Health & Accessibility Coalition Issue Panel, from Tuesday, Mar. 9, 2021.

Presentations, Panels, & Short Clips

  • “What Makes a Good Life?” Researcher Robert Waldinger discusses the importance of strong social connection in the making of a good life, as he explains findings from one of the longest running studies on human happiness in history.
  • Check out this list of 11 TED Talks relating to burnout from Business Insider.

Lists of best TED Talks on various topics concerning wellness

  1. https://www.shape.com/lifestyle/mind-and-body/best-ted-talks-fitness-health-and-happiness-inspiration
  2. https://www.greenqueen.com.hk/10-best-ted-talks-healthy-living-fitness-wellness/ 
  3. https://thebitingtruth.com/nutrition/ted-talks-health/ 
  4. https://greatist.com/health/ted-talks-inspiration#4 
  5. https://tedxsydney.com/idea/top-3-ted-talks-to-improve-your-health-wellbeing/ 

Lists of best TED Talks on mental health 

  1. https://www.elisplace.org/news/10-powerful-ted-talks-about-mental-health/
  2. https://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/10-ted-talks-to-watch-if-youre-worried-about-your-mental-health.html
  3. https://www.australiacounselling.com.au/best-ted-talks-mental-health/

Lists of best TED Talks on disability and accessibility

  1. https://sheribyrnehaber.medium.com/top-10-disability-and-accessibility-ted-talks-and-videos-de4e7f20bf0d
  2. https://easterseals.ca/english/10-insightful-ted-talks-about-disabilities-accessibility-and-inclusion/
  3. https://101mobility.com/blog/8-most-powerful-ted-talks-on-disability/

Podcast Episodes & Series

  1. In The Happiness Lab, Yale Professor Dr. Laurie Santos shares her latest research findings and stories related to human happiness, helping inform the way we approach our own lives.
  2. The mental health benefits of storytelling for health care workers” by Laurel Braitman, a TedTalk Daily podcast that talks about the importance of storytelling for stress-relief.
  3. “Maria Town: Disability Rights are LGBTQ+ Rights” is a podcast interview with an activist and community organizer focused on the intersection between the Disability Rights Movement & the LGBTQ+ Rights Movement.
  4. The land is still here': A Black farmer's fight for his legacy during Covid-19 focuses on one farmer profiled in Kamau Bell’s United Shades of America
  5. The United States' Pre-Existing Conditions: a podcast episode discussing the “sickness” of certain structures in the U.S.

Check out these two links to lists of great podcasts concerning various topics related to wellness:

  1. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/31/arts/podcasts-exercise-diet.html 
  2. https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/349036 

This link lists best podcasts to listen to on mental health:

  1. https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health-podcast#the-hilarious-world-of-depression

This link lists best podcasts to listen to on disability and accessibility:

  1. https://www.digitala11y.com/web-accessibility-podcasts-rountup/ 

Websites, Databases & Newsletters 

  1. American Public Health Association has a list of relevant articles around the topic of intersections between systemic racism and public health disparities in the U.S.
  2. News story about a medical student creating a book to compare how rashes, diseases, etc show up on darker skin as opposed to white skin, which is the “norm” for teaching
  3. This website provides links to databases recommended for finding content related to health and wellness. https://library.nwacc.edu/c.php?g=183820&p=1211553
  4. This website contains links to reliable mental health information sources. https://www.northtexashelp.com/mental-health-information-sources.html 
Report an issue - Last updated: 03/15/2021