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Hot Issues in Health

Colorado's Essential Health Policy Conference — December 6 and 7, 2018
Published: June 18, 2018 | Updated: November 5, 2018

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General registration is now open for Hot Issues in Health 2018. Click HERE to sign up.

Hot Issues in Health, produced by the Colorado Health Institute (CHI), is the state’s premier health policy conference. This year’s conference is Thursday, December 6, and Friday, December 7, at the Inverness Hotel and Conference Center in Englewood. The event features rich discussion, including an election recap, plenty of new connections, and concrete policy ideas to prepare you for the year ahead in health policy.

Full conference: $350  |  Day 1 only: $250  |  Day 2 only: $150

Questions? Please email or call 303.831.4200.






Announcing Keynote Speaker Molly Ball

Molly Ball is the National Political Correspondent for TIME, covering campaigns, the White House, political personalities and policy debates across America. She is also a political analyst for CNN and frequent television and radio commentator. She previously wrote for The Atlantic, Politico, The New York Times, The Washington Post and others. Ball has received numerous awards for her political coverage, and fun fact: she grew up right here in Colorado and attended Cherry Creek High School.

Her extensive experience and insightful commentary make her the ideal choice to debrief election results with us on December 6 and discuss their implications nationally and in our state.

Announcing Featured Speaker Vic Vela

Vic Vela is a veteran Colorado journalist with experience in radio, newspapers and television. He was legislative editor for Colorado Community Media, a sports anchor and reporter for an NBC affiliate in Amarillo, Texas, and a reporter for The Daily Record in Cañon City and the Albuquerque Journal. He is now a weekend host and reporter for Colorado Public Radio. Before coming to CPR, Vic maintained an award-winning career in journalism despite frequent cocaine use for most of his adult life. He has been sober for four years and speaks and writes about recovery to encourage others struggling with substance use. Vic’s work has garnered two regional Edward R. Murrow awards, plus awards from the Colorado Press Association, the New Mexico Press Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Announcing Featured Speaker David Jones

Dr. David Jones is a professor at Boston University’s School of Public Health whose research examines the politics of health reform and social determinants of health. He will discuss lessons from his recent report, Views from the Heartland: Prospects for Bipartisanship in Health Reform,” based on interviews with legislators in Colorado and Kansas, before moderating a conversation with current state lawmakers from both parties. Jones has been awarded AUPHA’s John D. Thompson Prize for Young Investigators, AcademyHealth’s Outstanding Dissertation Award, and the BU School of Public Health Excellence in Teaching Award. He is also the author of the recent book “Exchange Politics: Opposing Obamacare in Battleground States.”


Previous Hot Issues in Health Conferences


Hot Issues in Health 2017

Welcome to Hot Issues in Health 2017. Find presentations and videos from the December conference here.


Hot Issues in Health 2016

Making Sense of Health Policy in a Time of Uncertainty


Hot Issues in Health 2015

As Medicaid Turns 50 and the Affordable Care Act Turns Five, What’s Next for Health Policy in Colorado?


Hot Issues in Health 2014

The Reality of Purple: Navigating Health Policy in Colorado


Hot Issues in Health Care Conference: 2012

The agenda, reports and presentations from the 2012 Hot Issues in Health Care legislative conference.