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Q&A: Gretchen Hammer, Park Hill Public Health Expert

GPHN: You are the Executive Director of the Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved. You also sit on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange. What is your perspective on the public health situation in Denver? Gretchen: Most Denverites are in good health and have access to safe places to exercise, high […]

A Shared Experience of Colorado Health: From the Park Hill Vantage Point

By Joe Sammen, Community Partnerships Coordinator, Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved They say every person has a story to tell and it just so happens Colorado HealthStory wants to hear yours. Modeled after NPR’s StoryCorps program, Colorado HealthStory has collected narratives on health from communities throughout Colorado since early 2011. Stories range from celebrating […]

GPHC Update: December 2012

Dear Park Hill Community, I’ve lived in Park Hill for the last 5 1/2 years and I’ve been on the GPHC Board for the last year. I stepped into the Executive Director role just over a month ago, and I’m excited to share some of our current projects from a very busy season! GPHC participated […]

An Organic Oasis Envisioned in a Food Desert

The Albion Group for Sustainable Living’s Project Sunshine is making plans to bring a grocery co-op to 35th & Albion By Erin Vanderberg, Editor Across the street from one of Park Hill’s oldest homes, the Robinson House at 35th and Albion, there is a parking lot with cracked asphalt. The cracks are perhaps the perfect […]

Goodwill Industries Opens Outlet World on Kearney

By Erin Vanderberg, Editor On Saturday, November 10, Goodwill Industries of Denver opened the doors of their newest Outlet World store at 4355 Kearney Street with a grand opening celebration. “We put up the “Now Open” sign on Friday night and we instantly got traffic,” said Randy Dohne, Vice President of Operations for Goodwill Industries. […]

Soar Outdoor: A small retailer with big goals

By Erin Vanderberg, Editor For Dan Jones, one of the highlights of running Soar Outdoor is having folks come in off the street to share their memories of the place. They’ve told him about watching fireworks from the roof of the shopette, about former incarnations of the space –Pilates Bodies, and the Isle of Beauty […]

Comic Timing: My Teenage Angst readers revisit their innermost thoughts from their ‘tweens, teens and twenties

By Erin Vanderberg, Editor Krista takes a seat on the stage and begins to read, “I don’t want him to slip out of my life like yesterday’s trash, so I gave him my beloved Speedo shirt. When we start to lose touch, he will look at the shirt and call me.” The audience laughs as […]

Gearing Up for Community Healthy

Bike Depot, Park Hill Family Health Center and Johnson & Wales University pooled resources to create a community health curriculum By Nathalie Matamoros, Culinary Nutrition Senior, Johnson & Wales University According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one third of U.S. adults are obese. With rising costs in healthcare, gym memberships […]


Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon announced that its half marathon, taking place Sunday, May 19, will be routed through the ultimate urban jungle – the Denver Zoo. In addition to the one mile zoo addition, the new course also includes Montview Boulevard and 17th Avenue. Over 11,000 participate in Colorado’s biggest springtime race, and nearly half […]


Denver Public Schools will now offer open enrollment through a new, streamlined process called SchoolChoice. In an effort to teach the community about the process at the beginning of the enrollment period (December – January), DPS will host Regional School Expos on December 8 from 10 a.m. to noon. These expos are designed to give […]


The Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) issued award letters to 34 organizations slated to receive federal grant funding in 2013. Funds will be made available through the City’s allocation of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding to support housing, neighborhood and business development projects. Locally, these organizations include The Fax Partnership, […]


In the November issue, we stated that the Denver Energy Challenge provides a free home energy audit to Denver residents. Correction: While home consultations are free to Denver residents looking to make energy improvements in their home, energy audits currently cost around $135 after the Xcel rebate. Over 5000 residences and 1126 business have been […]


Technician Amy Esten, the District Two Community Resource Officer, has been promoted to Detective and will be replaced by Technician Reyes Trujillo. To reach the Community Resource Officers, dial the D2 non-emergency number: 720-913-2000. In her last briefing to the GPHC, Esten reported that burglaries are down overall for the year, which she credits to […]


By Ken Burdette, Venture Prep High School Principal Venture Prep’s high school is among the highest-rated high schools in Denver, with a “Meets Expectations” (green) rating on the 2012 DPS School Performance Framework. The high school provides a rigorous, college-preparatory education for families and students in the Park Hill community and throughout greater Denver. In […]


The Denver East Unit of the Colorado Symphony Guild meets every third Thursday of the month at St. Luke’s Church on 13th and Quebec from 10a-noon. New members to serve as active volunteers interested in projects to help support the Colorado Symphony are welcomed. Meetings often include entertainment from the musicians as well as opportunities […]

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