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We Are Chaffee Documentary

We Are Chaffee is a storytelling initiative funded through a grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment: Office of Health Equity, Health Disparities Community Grant Program to Chaffee County Department of Public Health and Environment and the Chaffee Housing Authority. The focus of this grant is to enhance our community's awareness of local inequities through education, strengthening partnerships, and storytelling to create a cultural change that will influence policy and system change to create more equitable housing opportunities and a healthier community in Chaffee County. 

The sharing of short, impactful, and diverse personal stories told by local people for local people has been proven through the use of data collection, to be a catalyst for creating community dialogue and awareness about inequities in housing and other social determinants of health. The We Are Chaffee stories include: written stories, video stories, and a podcast. All of these and more about We Are Chaffee may be found on the website at:

Why a Documentary

In order to keep the work fresh within our community, to engage community stakeholders, and to ensure a more focused and educated approach to the project goals, the We Are Chaffee Team will create a documentary-type film that is informed by a notable social scientist, Dr. Jennifer Sherman, (, local stakeholders, and completed by a local Emmy-Award winning filmmaker, Julie Speer Jackson, (

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