Speakers Forum

Beyond the Most Livable City:
Smart Growth, Shared Vision

You can still join the discussion on equitable development and how to build a shared vision for making Denver a 'most livable city' for all. Watch the event, take a look at our conversation map mural and submit your thoughts below.

Beyond the Most Livable City:
Smart Growth, Shared Vision

You can still join the discussion on equitable development and how to build a shared vision for making Denver a 'most livable city' for all. Watch the event, take a look at our conversation map mural and submit your thoughts below.

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Smart Growth, Shared Vision

Our “Smart Growth, Shared Vision” event explored what equitable development means for the future of Denver. Featuring three panelists on the forefront of community growth, this evening event brought together leaders from across the private, government and civil society sectors to discuss what a shared vision for mental health and well-being in Denver looks like as we work to make this place a “most livable city” for all.

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Our Speakers

Senator Rhonda Fields

Champion for stronger, safer and more vibrant communities.

Beth Mosenthal


Citizen architect dedicated to engaging design to improve people’s experience in the built environment.

Jeff Romine


Leader in fostering equitable and sustainable economic development in Denver.

Engaging Our Community

The Mental Health Center of Denver values our partnerships with the community in our work of making Denver a 'Most Livable City' for everyone. We work to make sure our sites are built and function with the needs of the community in mind. 
Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being and Sanderson Apartments, two of our newest innovative locations, are featured in the photos to the right and were built with the shared vision of their communities.  
Take a look to see the ways in which we have prioritized equitable development and a shared future in strengthening community well-being.

Thank You to Our 'Smart Growth, Shared Vision' Sponsors

Host Committee

Frank RoweChalkbeat

Jason Hopcus, NAMI Arapahoe/Douglas Counties

Marilyn SpinnerThe Consulting Collaborative

John HughesRotary Club of Denver Southeast

R.J. Ross, Retired, Founder and President, Samaritan Institute

Susan GelbartRotary Club of Denver Cherry Creek

Kate TennisUniversity of Denver

Yata WilliamsIcelandic Fitness

Peggy KozalBoard of Directors, Mental Health Center of Denver

Nikole BrunsOffice of Behavioral Health Strategies, City and County of Denver

Justin KrugerProject Helping

Monica YoungerTri-County Health Department

Hannah SchechterBoard of Directors, Mental Health Center of Denver

Lorii RabinowitzDenver Scholarship Foundation - Denver Public Schools

Shayne BradyU.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

JoAnn ToneyMental Health Center of Denver

Diana PinedaVuela for Health

Chuck EverillBoard of Directors, Mental Health Center of Denver

Lucille CampbellFormer Member, Board of Directors, Mental Health Center of Denver

Regina HuerterPolicy Research Associates

Michelle WileyMental Health Center of Denver

Thelma CraigColorado Black Health Collaborative

Whitney ConnorRose Community Foundation

Peter Van ArsdaleUniversity of Denver

Oriana SanchezBlueLine Development

Theresa PiarrotCigna

Kelly FraserCigna

Our Previous Event - A Home for All in Denver

Held on March 27, 2018, the previous Speakers Forum event in this series explored the challenge of rising housing costs and ensuring everyone has a place to call home in Denver. Click the video below to watch a recording of the event, featuring Dr. Tiffany Manuel.

Keynote Presentation

Tiffany Manuel, PhD
Vice President of Knowledge, Impact and Strategy
Enterprise Community Partners

Headshot of Dr. Tiffany Manuel, Ph.DIn her 2016 report, “You Don’t Have to Live Here: Why Housing Messages Are Backfiring and 10 Things We Can Do About It,” Dr. Tiffany Manuel calls on housing advocates to adopt a better way of talking about housing affordability.

Q&A: Your Questions Answered

During our program on March 27, participants submitted questions for the Q&A. We received many more questions than we had time to answer at the event, so we collected those that couldn’t be answered and have reviewed them over the past week. See below for responses to these excellent questions, and sign up here to stay part of the conversation.

Mural Created by Kriss Wittmann

In the News

The Mental Health Center of Denver is recognized in the Denver community for our innovative leadership in housing and well-being. Take a look at what the Denver Post is saying about our recent work.

Denver sold bonds to reduce the human and financial costs of homelessness. The results so far are promising.

The Denver Post | March 19, 2018

DENVER, CO - MARCH 7: Robert Bischoff 36, in his home at the Sanderson Apartments. Mental Health Center of Denver social outreach workers have been finding homeless people who are 'high users" of jails and hospitals and inviting them to live at Sanderson Apartments, as well as other homeless housing. Sanderson is the first apartment building in the country that has "mental health architecture," meaning it's designed with open areas, no dark corners and other features to make people feel safe after living on the streets. March 7, 2018 Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Joe Amon/The Denver Post)
Photo by Joe Amon/The Denver Post

They found Robert Bischoff by sharing his photo with a Sinclair gas station clerk who often sold him cigarettes.

They met Alexander Jacob after sending his mom a letter, even though he almost didn’t respond because he figured it was “trash mail.”

The two men and more than 250 more people — all homeless and high-frequency users of jail, detox and emergency departments at taxpayer expense — have been tracked down by Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and Mental Health Center of Denver outreach workers and given apartments through Denver’s social-impact bond program. About two years into the five-year program, researchers have noted a dramatic drop in jail days.

Click here to read the full story.

Thank You to Our 'A Home for All in Denver' Sponsors

About the Series

The Mental Health Center of Denver has launched “Beyond the Most Livable City,” a series of events featuring conversations among diverse leaders about ways we must come to together to ensure Denver achieves “the most livable city” for all of our communities in the region.

The livability of this place – the economic opportunity, vibrant culture, proximity to nature – has made Denver one of the highest growth areas in the country.

While this growth has spurred development and improved the quality of life for many, for others it has created additional challenges around social exclusion, displacement and affordability. 

The aim of this event series is to create opportunities for conversation and action surrounding continued growth in Denver, with intersectional inclusivity at its heart. Sign up below to receive information on upcoming events, learn more about the series, and stay involved in the conversation.

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