RHCs At Work

Successes in the Field

RHC Promotes Healthy Eating and Active Living in Southwest Denver

A new video from Blu Bambu highlights the work of the Regional Health Connector in Denver.

Stephanie Salazar-Rodriguez is the Regional Health Connector for Denver County (Region 20). This new video from the Mile High Health Alliance, Stephanie’s host organization, highlights Stephanie’s work coordinating a garden in Ruby Hill and convening a Health and Wellness Expo, which took place in September 2018. The Expo was part of an effort to improve […]

Connecting Colorado’s Communities Online

Regional Health Connectors know that nothing can replace an in-person meeting and connection. But when people are looking for answers, the internet can be a great way to find what they need. That’s why RHCs throughout Colorado have become key partners in building, designing, and sharing websites with information about community services and supports. In […]

On Veterans Day, Planning for A System of Support

Poppies in a field

Veterans represent close to one in every five suicides in the United States. Research suggests that rural veterans are particularly at risk. That’s why the RHC program is planning to help build supports for veterans in Colorado’s Eastern Plains. The Veteran Health Connector is part of a new partnership with Together With Veterans, a project […]

RHC Profiles: Building Resilient Communities in Southwest Colorado


Mary Dengler-Frey knows something about building things. As a Regional Health Connector (RHC) at the Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education Center, she’s assembled programs and recruited providers to tackle three challenging problems: opioid addiction and substance abuse, diabetes, and suicide. In her public health work, she has drawn upon a previous career as an architect. […]

RHC Profiles: Finding a Place in Northeast Colorado

A mural in Sterling Colorado created by Communities That Care.

Regional Health Connector Jeff Appleman’s favorite thing about Fort Morgan, population 11,000, is its small-town feel. “It’s a strong community. They’re always looking out for each other,” he said of his northeast Colorado home. “In Denver, you’ll go to a meeting that’s catered by Panera or whatever. Here, I’m getting home- cooked meals.” Jeff is […]

From the Southwest to Douglas County, RHCs Take the Lead

In southwest Colorado, RHC Mary Dengler-Fry worked with youth on a digital storytelling project about resilience.

By Rebecca Rapport, RHC Program Manager In May, all 21 Regional Health Connectors gathered in Keystone, Colorado for a biannual retreat. We shared success stories, developed ideas for the future of the RHC role and program, and explored ways to strengthen partnerships with organizations around the state. I’m a primary contact for 11 RHCs, which […]

Regional Health Connector Promotes Health & Wellness in Southwest Denver

Stephanie Salazar-Rodriguez is the Regional Health Connector for Denver County. We are excited to showcase her recent success in convening the 2017 Health & Wellness Expo in collaboration with Porter Adventist Hospital and College View Community Center/Life Line. Stephanie coordinated 129 volunteers to provide blood pressure and BMI checks, fresh food, dental screenings, A1C/Diabetes screenings, […]