Partnering with local non-profits, Rocky Mountain PBS has launched multiple initiatives on its website and out in the community.
In June 2009, Rocky Mountain PBS launched Facing the Mortgage Crisis in partnership with public radio stations across the state and the Colorado Foreclosure Hotline, the first statewide hotline in the U.S. established as a consortium of government, private-sector and nonprofit organizations committed to referring homeowners in some state of delinquency or foreclosure to a toll-free phone number (877-601-HOPE) that connects them with local HUD- approved housing counseling agencies.
As a result of the “Facing the Mortgage Crisis” initiative – through phone banks, Web content, on-air pieces that offered foreclosure prevention tips and "Colorado State of Mind" episodes on the housing crisis – Rocky Mountain PBS became one of the top five referral sources to the Colorado Foreclosure Hotline in the summer of 2009.
Through Healthy Impact 2010, Rocky Mountain PBS has created a valuable, centralized source of information around community health care resources and issues. The site addresses some of the challenges Coloradans face in the areas of mental health, senior care and children’s health, as well as the economic strains that health care has placed on Coloradans and all Americans.
In response to the devastation caused by the earthquake in Haiti, Rocky Mountain PBS partnered with an interdisciplinary team from the University of Colorado at Boulder that traveled through Haiti to assess what different communities needed, in order to map out effective, sustainable solutions. This groundwork was the beginning of a range of health, engineering and agriculture projects, enlisting the help of those within the communities. Rocky Mountain PBS documented the remarkable trip in a project called Haiti: From Crisis to Development.
Launched in the spring of 2008, Green Living (formerly known as Sustainable Living) seeks to educate Coloradans about the long- and short-term meaning, purpose and importance of "going green" and caring for our Earth. The campaign has the endorsement of Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, a strong advocate of sustainability, and features blogs, videos, green tips, resources and a calendar of green community events statewide.
In an era of shrinking amounts of in-depth news, Rocky Mountain PBS recently joined forces with I-News, the Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network. I-News is a new non-profit that produces in-depth journalism for media across the region. Our partnership with I-News will offer a number of in-depth multimedia reports on a range of critical issues.
Rocky Mountain PBS has also partnered with the Denver Living Streets Initiative to create “Denver’s Changing Neighborhoods.” Denver Living Streets is an urban planning model that is helping to create a new wave of thriving neighborhoods in Denver. The focus is on green living, community health, local economic growth and improved accessibility and connectivity for all users of the street (bikes, pedestrians and cars alike). “Denver’s Changing Neighborhoods” was awarded the Colorado Broadcasters Association Award of Excellence in 2009.
We are also proud to host dozens of free screenings and panel discussions of important PBS programs each year. In the leadup to the premiere of "Living with Dying," a 2010 RMPBS original production, we held a screening at our Denver studios of the film, followed by a panel discussion featuring producer Lisa D. Olken and hospice and palliative care experts. To supplement the program, we offered a variety of online resources and information on the topic.
Earlier this year, we screened "Wallace Stegner," a documentary about the Western writer, conservationist and teacher, in Grand Junction, Durango and Denver. Watch the Denver panel discussion.
Another recent screening was held in Boulder: "Earth Days: American Experience," in honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Partners included the University of Colorado at Boulder and Eco-Cycle. We also screened the film in Pueblo in collaboration with the Pueblo City-County Health Department and the Pueblo City-County Library.
In 2009, we screened "Civilian Conservation Corps: American Experience" in partnership with the University of Denver and History Colorado (formerly the Colorado Historical Society). Producer Mark Samels was one of our panelists. We worked with History Colorado to create an online exhibit – Colorado in the 1930s – featuring archived photos, articles and stories – to paint a picture of life in Colorado after the Great Depression.
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