County health director named to children and families fellowship

Jeff Kuhr
Jeff Kuhr

Jeff Kuhr, executive director of Mesa County Public Health, has been selected for the inaugural class of leaders who’ll work on making Colorado a better place to have a child and sustain families.

Kuhr is among 20 people selected for the Aspen Institute Colorado Children and Families Health and Human Services Fellowship.

“This investment in leaders in rural and urban counties across the state is a smart way to strengthen the systems that serve our communities,” said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. “We look forward to seeing the impact this inaugural class will have on Colorado children and families.”

Members of the class will work with leaders, participate in meetings, tap networks and carry out plans on behalf of children and families. They’re expected to work on such issues as:

Ensuring early learning and health opportunities.

Reimagining the child welfare system.

Addressing the root causes of health disparities to improve outcomes for young children and families.

Developing a more comprehensive approach to helping families reach their goals.

Transforming trauma assessment and care to support family healing and prevent maltreatment.

Building a new culture with human services focused on serving families and improving lives.

Members of the class lead health and human services systems in rural and urban counties that serve a total of 1.4 million people; direct childhood and public health programs; and lead policy, research and childhood organizations.

“The Colorado Children and Families fellows are diverse, entrepreneurial leaders implementing bold ideas to change the lives of young children and their families throughout Colorado,” said Anne Mosle, vice president of the Aspen Institute. “Too many families are struggling. The Aspen Institute is committed to ensuring that all children have the chance to reach their full potential.”

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C., that promotes leadership and offers a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues.

The fellowship is made possible through the Ben and Lucy Ana Walton Fund of the Walton Family Foundation.

“This fellowship is part of our investment in Colorado’s children to help them and their families build strong futures free from neglect and with the awareness and ease of access to supports and services they need to succeed in life,” said Lucy Ana Walton.