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EnvisionWell Podcast: Homelessness and Humanity
In this latest episode of the EnvisionWell with Envision2bWell podcast, we are joined by Cathy Alderman, Chief Communications and Public Policy Officer of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, in an uplifting conversation about how we can deepen our connection to our humanity so that we really see, understand, and empathize with people experiencing homelessness. It's easy to have barriers up and judgements towards those experiencing homelessness, but Cathy helps us rethink all of those inherent biases and reminds us of our shared humanity.
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Cathy Alderman is the Chief Communications and Public Policy Officer for the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) where she previously served as the Vice President of Communications and Public Policy since 2015 and oversees the Education and Advocacy (E&A) Team. The E&A Team is responsible for public/media relations, lobbying activities, social media, publications, community engagement, public outreach, and education. During her five years at CCH, Cathy has successfully advocated for state and local housing resources resulting in first time housing and homelessness investments by both Denver (2020 Measure 2B) and the Colorado State Government (HB19-1245 and HB19-1322). She has contributed to media relations and interviews that have resulted in over $7.5 million in ad value reaching over 825 million readers/viewers annually.
Before joining CCH, Cathy served as the Vice President of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) and the PPRM Action Fund overseeing policy, political, and community engagement work for a four-state region. In that role, she directed four successful opposition campaigns of statewide anti-abortion ballot measures and successfully lobbied for proactive legislation to improve access to reproductive healthcare. Cathy also worked for the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) on legislative issues related to patient safety in the operating room, working in up to 13 states annually to pass proactive legislation. Prior to that role, she worked for the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services overseeing a statewide expansion of Medicaid Managed Care, and the Madison County Health Department in Ohio as an Epidemiologist and Legal Adviser.
Cathy received her Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School and a Master of Science in Public Health from the Tulane School of Public Health in Tropical Medicine. She graduated from Loyola University with a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and a minor degree in Environmental Management. A native of Georgia, Cathy has also lived in New Orleans; Madrid, Spain; and Columbus, Ohio before moving to Denver, Colorado in 2005.
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