2024 Keynote Speakers

September 24th, 2024: Opening Keynote

Dwinita Mosby Tyler

Chief Catalyst & Founder
The Equity Project, LLC

Keynote Speaker Background

Dr. Dwinita Mosby Tyler is the Chief Catalyst and Founder of The Equity Project, LLC — a consulting firm supporting organizations and communities in building diversity, equity and inclusion strategies — as well as The HR Shop, LLC, a human resources firm designed to support non-profits and small businesses. She is the former Senior Vice President and Chief Inclusion Officer for Children’s Hospital Colorado -– the first African-American woman to hold that position in the organization’s 100+ year history. She is also the former Executive Director of the Office of Human Resources for the City and County of Denver –- the first African-American woman to hold that position in the 63+ year history of the agency. Dr. Mosby Tyler, a consultant accredited by the Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence and recipient of the Cornell University Diversity & Inclusion certification, is nationally recognized for her equity work with non-profit, community, government and corporate organizations. has received many local and national awards for her service and leadership accomplishments including recognition from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Human Rights Campaign. She holds a doctorate in the field of Organizational Leadership from the University of Colorado, a Master of Arts degree in Management from Webster University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Alabama. 

Event Description: MORE TO COME!

September 25th, 2024: The State of Public Health in Colorado Panel

Dean Cathy Bradley, Dean of the Colorado School of Public Health
Jill Hunsaker Ryan, Executive Director of Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Wivine Ngongo, Colorado Public Health Association

Background: Wivine’s professional background is in medical and public health research, health programs management, community engagement, and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. However, her passions and experiences center around addressing racial health disparities for Black/Indigenous/People of Color (BIPOC) populations. These include her work and collaborations with the Colorado Sickle Cell Treatment and Research Center, the Center for African American Health, the Colorado Public Health Association, the Denver Justice Project, and other local community-empowerment groups located in the Denver and Chicago areas. She has authored and co-authored publications centering health equity in medical education and has current interest in pursuing a PhD tract in psychology to offer non-readily available forms of therapy among populations experiencing systemically removed access to behavioral health resources. Her proudest achievement is leveraging her gained knowledge and privileges around sickle cell treatment and research to help get her sister cured from the invasive disease in 2020.

Montelle Tamez, Colorado Public Health Association (Moderator)
Background: Montelle Taméz is the Deputy Director of Community Engagement &Health Equityat the University of Colorado’sClinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) where she co-leads the CCTSI’s Community Engagement (CE)Core, which aims to build capacity in community-academic research partnerships to improve the translation of scientific discoveries into culturally relevant interventions and programs that improve health in vulnerable communities. Ms. Tamez has more than 20 years of experience working to improve health equity through publichealth interventions, community engagementand community engaged research. Before joining the CCTSI in 2009,Ms. Tamez worked for the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment’s Prevention ServicesDivision, where she specialized in community-based initiatives to promote chronic disease prevention, screening andtreatment. While at the health department, Ms.Taméz co-lead the Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease and Pulmonary Disease Competitive Grants Program. In this role, Ms. Tamez managed the communications and daily operations oftheprogram, provided technical assistance to more than 70 grant recipients across the state, and worked closely withthe legislatively mandated review committee.Ms. Tamez began her public health career at the American CancerSociety (ACS) as a Cancer Control Specialist, developing and implementing community-based tobacco control initiatives. Ms. Tamez worked closely with external partners and coalitions to pass legislation that made Coloradosmoke free. In this role, Ms. Tamez also worked in the Latino/a/x community as a health educator, promoting cancerprevention, screening and treatment. Ms. Tamez co-authored the American Cancer Society’s You Can Quit smoking cessation program, developing a train-the-trainer model, which she implemented in businesses, community-based organizations, primary care clinics and hospitals throughout the state.In addition to her role at the University ofColorado, Ms.Taméz is a senior consultant with the Otowi Group, LLC, specializing in communications, engagement and health equity

Event Description:

The states are often the lead in policies to improve public health. Hear from state and academic leaders who are driving key public health work in Colorado to address our communities’ most pressing needs at the local and state levels. 

September 26th, 2024: Closing Keynote: The Future of Public Health in Colorado Panel

Kweku Hazel, Co-Founder of Gyedi Project and General Surgeon and Faculty Fellow, University of Colorado Hospital
Specialty: health inequities, BIPOC, minority, and underserved communities, community engagement and empowerment
Robert Belknap M.D., Executive Director, Public Health Institute at Denver Health
Clinical systems change, direct clinical services, public health innovation
Dr. Ned Calonge, MD, MPH, (Moderator)

Event Description:

The closing session for this year’s 2024 Public Health in the Rockies Conference is slated as a panel discussion titled “The Future of Public Health in Colorado: Reaching New Heights”. Within the framework of the conference theme, Elevating Rocky Mountain Health, this session aims to build off concepts and topics introduced during the opening keynote and a mid-conference policy panel deliberating “The Current State of Public Health”. By bringing together a diverse group of public health leaders driving change within Colorado’s communities, we hope to leave attendees with a clear vision on how they can support the progress of Colorado’s public health goals in their own work. 

This five-person panel includes practitioners with demonstrated proficiency in addressing health inequities and disparities, vulnerable and underserved communities, rural health challenges, clinical systems change, and innovative workforce development. 

The closing panel session will engage in conversation prompted by a capable moderator. Questions will be posed to help ignite thoughtful discussion around Colorado’s future public health challenges, strategies, needs, and direction, both short-term and long-term.