About Us

How we've grown

2040 Partners for Health was founded in 2006 by local health advocates, educators and public service professionals, who envisioned the need to foster communities’ resources, wishes and commitments as mutual partners to foster and strengthen healthy communities. They recognized the value in capitalizing on vital opportunities, community assets and maximizing human potential to address social determinants and health needs.

The neighborhoods identified for focused efforts included East Montclair, Greater Park Hill, Northeast Park Hill, Northwest Aurora, Montbello, Commerce City and Stapleton, many of which have a diverse and growing population with a long history of marginalization, but also burgeoning resources, strengths and assets.

In conjunction with a staff of 6 and a 13 person Board of Directors consisting of community members, academics and researchers, we believe eliminating health disparities and improving the health of our communities is best addressed and achieved with the involvement, understanding and engagement of community members themselves.

Our mission is to develop healthy communities by creating sustainable community partnerships and by identifying, measuring and applying local community solutions. Through a portfolio of programs, 2040, the community and its partners are tackling a wide range of issues that greatly impact our communities and working towards the vision of healthy communities which elevate and maximize human potential and well-being.


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Griselda Executive Director

Griselda Peña-Jackson has 12 years specializing in non-profit organizations focused on community engagement and education. Prior to working with 2040 Partners for Health, Mrs. Peña-Jackson worked for Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver as the Family Support Specialist. In addition, Griselda spent 6 years at the Adams County School District 14 at the Intergenerational Learning Center working with Youth and Adults looking to further their education. Griselda studied at the University of Denver where she obtained her B.S.B.A in International Business Management at the Daniels College of Business. Griselda grew up and lived in Greater Park Hill for about 25 years, so she is intimately familiar with the 2040 neighborhoods. . . . Read more

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Monica Community Research

Monica Hernandez-Sanchez has lived in Aurora for 15 years and has been involved in the Aurora community for the last 9 years. She embarked on this journey by advocating for her Champion with learning disabilities and realizing the importance of being an involved parent in your children’s lives. Since then she became a school volunteer and a member of the Aurora Time Bank which broaden her circle of community relationships. Consequently, the opportunity to be involved with the Community Council for 2040 Partners for Health presented and open her doors to many more community mingling. Presently, Ms. Hernandez-Sanchez is the Community Research Liaison for 2040 Partners for Health through the CCTSI Community Engagement Core. . . . Read more

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Janet Student Programs

Janet Meredith (BA, MBA) has worked for 6 years in community health in Denver and Aurora, Colorado as the executive director and student programs director of 2040 Partners for Health, a community based non-profit. Prior to that her work included 16 years in two museums, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Denver Art Museum, following 11 years in the for-profit sector in Canada. In her roles at 2040 Partners for Health, Ms. Meredith has developed and managed a program that engages and mentors health sciences students in longitudinal community-based participatory research, on topics including discrimination in healthcare, teen obesity, refugee health, and disparities in infant mortality in the African American community.Ms. Meredith is a member of the faculty of the department of family medicine at the University of Colorado. . . . Read more

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Margie Finance Manager

Margie has lived in Denver for 41 years where she and her husband Larry raised their two children. She has been active in community organizations through schools and church and volunteers with 2040 Partners for Health in the role of Financial Manager. Additionally, she helps manage her son's business, has a small tax preparation business, travels, and spends time with her grandkids. . . . Read more

Board of Directors

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Dixon-Jones Chair

Policy Advisor
Colorado Dept. of Public Health & EnvironmentLEARN MORE

Lorraine is a part of a team that develops regulatory policy for health facility oversight. She develops standards for the operation of facilities that deliver services ranging from acute (such as hospitals) to palliative care (such as hospice). In addition to developing policies and procedures for day to day programmatic operations within the department, she also prepares compliance assistance guidance for regulated entities.

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Vice Chair

Woodward-Chisholm Professor and Chair
Department of Family Medicine,
University of Colorado Health Science CenterLEARN MORE

Dr. deGruy received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1970 (sociology, religion) and his medical degree in 1977 from the College of Medicine at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. He completed a family medicine residency at The Medical Center in Columbus, Georgia in 1980 and completed a Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship in Family Medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 1982. He has previously held academic appointments in Departments of Family Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, Duke University, and the University of South Alabama.

Dr. deGruy has served as president of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (CFHA) and president of the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG). He is on the Board of Directors of the National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC) and the Family Physicians’ Inquiries Network (FPIN). He chairs the National Integration Academy Council, and sits on the board of the Colorado Institute of Family Medicine. He is on the editorial boards of The Annals of Family Medicine, Families, Systems, and Health, and Psychiatric Times, and has previously served on the editorial boards of General Hospital Psychiatry; he was an Associate Editor of the Southern Medical Journal. Has published about 150 papers, chapters, and commentaries, and has reviewed grant applications for the NIH, AHRQ, HRSA, and the RWJF. He has been a member of the Institute of Medicine since 2008.

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Sayer Member

Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Colorado-DenverLEARN MORE

Education & Certifications
BS, Colorado State University
MS, Colorado State University
PhD, Purdue University

Areas of Specialization
Environmental factors influencing physical activity, diet, and obesity
Randomized Clinical Trials

Our current environment encourages overeating and a sedentary lifestyle, which represents a substantial barrier to achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight. My overall research goal is to understand how socio-environmental factors influence behaviors central to body weight regulation in order to develop more effective interventions to reduce obesity.

Personal Notables University of Colorado Denver Institutional Postdoctoral Training
Fellowship in Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease (T32 HL116276)
Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute Predoctoral Fellowship (TL1-TR001107)

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Snell MA, LPC

Chief Operating Officer
Aurora Mental Health CenterLEARN MORE

Kathie has been in the public and non-profit mental health arena for more than 30 years, and in executive leadership roles for 16 years. She has participated on numerous boards and task forces with the goal of providing best practice, trauma-informed and family-focused mental health treatment. She holds the core belief that integration of services within the community is a critical factor in mental health care and should be an important driver for service systems.

She has worked toward service integration through collaboration with school districts, human services, criminal justice agencies, primary health care providers, child care providers, municipalities, and many other human and social service organizations, jointly implementing innovative programs responsive to the diverse needs of the communities in which she has served. She has led teams responsible for securing and implementing numerous local, state and federal grants designed to achieve these goals.

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Shupe Member

Informatics, Epidemiology and Health Planning Manager
Tri-County Health DepartmentLEARN MORE

Dr. Shupe has a Master's Degree in Social Work and a Ph.D. in Public Health. Dr. Shupe worked as the health planner for the Boulder County Health Department for 5 years where she provided technical assistance and training to health department staff and community groups in program planning, research, and evaluation. Dr. Shupe served as the Chief of the Health Statistics Section at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for 14 years where she provided scientific and management oversight of the Vital Statistics Unit, Maternal and Child Health Surveillance Unit, Survey Research Unit, and Public Health Informatics Unit.

Dr. Shupe joined the staff of the Tri-County Health Department in 2015 where she currently serves as the Informatics, Epidemiology and Health Planning Manager. The quest for health equity is at the core of both her professional and personal endeavors. Dr. Shupe believes that all people should have the opportunity to achieve the highest level of health possible free from the constraints of repressive social and governmental systems that rely on racism, sexism, classism and other constructs that unfairly advantage some at the expense of others.

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McGranaghan MPH

Community-Campus PartnershipLEARN MORE

Senior Instructor
Department of Family Medicine, University of Colorado
Anschutz Medical Campus
Department of Community & Behavioral Health
Colorado School of Public Health

Prior to moving to Denver in 2012, Robert was a co-founder in 1995, and subsequently served as the Manager of the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (Detroit URC), based at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. The Detroit URC is one of the nation’s first community-based participatory research (CBPR) partnerships involving an academic institution and local communities, conducting research and interventions to reduce and ultimately eliminate health inequities in the city of Detroit (www.detroiturc.org​).

Robert has developed, implemented, evaluated, and disseminated community and worksite-based health education interventions and CBPR partnership activities for over 30 years and has served as project director on several major interdisciplinary grants sponsored by federal and state agencies and foundations, and involving individuals from multiple disciplines and diverse communities in Philadelphia, PA, the California Bay Area and Detroit, MI. He has a particular interest in, and nearly 20 years experience with CBPR and in developing and sustaining community and institutional partnerships to improve health and well-being. He was actively involved in the CDC/ASPH-funded national project “Examining Community-Institutional Partnerships for Prevention Research” from 2003-2007, during which he provided leadership in the development of an evidence-based training curriculum on CBPR and subsequently presented the curriculum at professional meetings and learning institutes across the country. He is also a co-author of the instructional CD-ROM “Community-Based Participatory Research: A Partnership Approach for Public Health,” produced in 2010.

Robert was a co-founder of the Community-Based Public Health Caucus of the American Public Health Association in 1999, and played a leadership role in crafting a policy for APHA regarding support for CBPR throughout the organization and which was subsequently adopted by APHA’s Governance Council.

In 2012-13, Robert established and now directs the “Community-Campus Partnership (CCP)” for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, which fosters and supports collaborative activities and programs to improve health and economic well-being in partnership with the campus’ surrounding underserved communities (www.com-cam.org). One of the CCP’s signature programs, “Hire Local”, aims to help local residents learn about and become prepared for entry- and mid-level jobs on the campus. Another CCP program, “Learn Local”, aims to connect Anschutz Medical Campus to Aurora schools and organizations serving young people, to foster interest in and knowledge about careers in the health sciences. Learn Local also works to connect Anschutz students and young professionals to service opportunities in the Aurora community. Robert has a bachelor's degree in marketing from Penn State University and a masters in public health in community health education from Temple University in Philadelphia.