Date: Friday, August 4, 2017
The Colorado Health Foundation honored Sundari Kraft with the 2017 Dr. Virgilio Licona Community Health Leadership Award Aug. 3 at the Colorado Health Symposium. This annual award program seeks to recognize Coloradans who are finding innovative and effective strategies to overcoming community health barriers across the state.
A grassroots organizer and activist, Sundari is working to address health barriers across Colorado communities by mobilizing and activating fellow Coloradans to engage in informed conversations with policymakers to drive important policy decisions that matter most to their health. As the founder of Sustainable Food Denver and the co-chair of the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council, Kraft successfully led a grassroots movement to pass local policies that made healthy food more accessible and affordable. In addition to advocating and advancing the local food movement, she has played a critical role in efforts around childhood vaccination in Colorado. Inspired by the public policy process, she has dedicated herself full-time to policy work and grassroots engagement, and has recently launched Colorado Parents for Vaccinated Communities, an ongoing effort of the Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition to empower caregivers to speak up for pro-science public health policies.
The award program is named after the late Dr. Virgilio Licona. Dr. Licona was a physician and health advocate who worked to activate the voices of vulnerable communities. In his role as a health leader, he brought a critical voice to some of the most important conversations and decisions related to how all Coloradans can be healthy.