Pikes Peak Outdoors: Prescriptions for a Healthier Colorado Springs

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The Heritage Series celebrates and raises awareness of the natural assets of the Pikes Peak Region by hosting discussions, forums and other events to encourage collaboration among champions of our regional outdoor assets.

In 2019, the Heritage Series, in partnership with Colorado Springs Health Foundation seeks to highlight the relationships between health, healthcare and the outdoors. Health and the outdoors have been embedded into the fabric of the Pikes Peak Region for decades. From tuberculosis treatment in the 19th century to amateur and professional sports today, our stunning landscapes and the opportunities offered by outdoor recreation have attracted those looking to enhance their health and wellness.

This three part series will explore this past and examine ways in which Colorado Springs can encourage outdoor engagement and build connections between the healthcare and the outdoor industries for the future health and wellness of the Pikes Peak Region.

Keynote Speakers

Session 1

Lee S. Newman MD, MA is Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Department of Epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health. He is Professor of Medicine, also at the Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado. Dr. Newman is deeply committed to elevating Coloradans’ health through the responsible use of the outdoors. He is the founding director of two CDC-funded centers through the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and author of more than 190 scientific studies, especially regarding worker health, safety, and well-being. He is co-Founder of Health Links, a university-based initiative that provides businesses with assessment, advising, certification, and resources to promote the well-being of employees. For the past year, he served on the Steering Committee of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade’s Outdoor Recreation Industry Office “Colorado Outdoor Rx” Report.

Dr. Lee Newman

Professor, Colorado School of Public Health

Session 2

Michele Lueck is the President and CEO of the Colorado Health Institute. She joined the organization in November 2010, bringing nearly 20 years of health care experience. Her work ranges from consulting with leading academic organizations to serving rural health care providers. Her expertise in strategic communications informs the current work and direction of CHI.
Over the course of her career, she has worked for organizations that inform health care delivery and policy decisions with research, data and insight. Previously, she held leadership roles in two health-related nonprofits located on Colorado’s Western Slope. Before entering the nonprofit world, she worked in account management at Sg2 and Thomson Reuters.
She has consulted with many nonprofits including the Children’s Health Foundation, the Aspen Medical Foundation and the Redford Center (previously the Sundance Preserve).
Michele has an undergraduate degree from Harvard and a master’s degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Michele Lueck

CEO, Colorado Health Institute

Session 3

Ned Calonge, MD, MPH, is the President and CEO of The Colorado Trust, a private grant-making foundation dedicated to achieving health equity for all Coloradans. He is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health. Nationally, he serves as the Chair of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Community Preventive Services Task Force. He chairs the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Health’s Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice and serves on the National Academies’ Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity. Prior to coming to The Trust, Dr. Calonge was the Chief Medical Officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Dr. Calonge received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from The Colorado College, his MD from the University of Colorado and his MPH from the University of Washington. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2011.

Dr. Ned Calonge

President and CEO, The Colorado Trust