Boomers Leading Change in Health

We provide the training and tools for Adults 50+ to make a difference across the community through meaningful volunteer work.



How and where we started.

In 2006—as the eldest Baby Boomers began to turn 60—The Atlantic Philanthropies initiated a national effort to assess just how Boomers planned to approach the next chapter of their lives—RETIREMENT. They established the Community Experience Partnership and began working with 32 community foundations located across the United States—foundations that were charged with the task of exploring this issue within their local communities. Here in Denver, that foundation was Rose Community Foundation.


In 2007, Rose Community Foundation launched Boomers Leading Change. The initiative had two goals:

  1. To identify the priorities of Adults 55+ in Metro Denver as those adults began thinking about the future.
  2. To better understand the potential for the increased civic engagement of Adults 55+ as they approached retirement.


Would they continue to pursue their careers? Would they choose to volunteer? Would they seek to further their educations—either formally or informally?

After conducting extensive research—including numerous surveys, focus groups, and personal interviews—the answer to these questions was, "ALL OF THE ABOVE."

  • More than half of the people surveyed stated they planned to continue working—at least part-time.
  • Nearly 75% revealed they planned to volunteer.
  • Close to two-thirds said they planned to keep learning.


Throughout this research, the adults surveyed revealed there was one overriding issue that would influence the choices they might make regarding their pursuit of each of these possibilities. That issue was HEALTHCARE.

Once the local assessments were complete, The Community Experience Partnership created the Community Solutions Program, a consortium of nine of community foundations that were challenged to select a significant social issue which could be addressed at the local level by mobilizing Adults 50+ as a key community resource. And so, after much analysis, discussion, and consideration, Boomers Leading Change in Health was born.

How you can get involved.



Boomers Leading Change in Health offers you three ways to volunteer:

  1. Become a Healthcare Navigator—Help individuals and families navigate their way through the maze of healthcare systems, benefits,providers, and other related issues.
  2. Be a Community Health Worker—Work within the community to promote better health and connect individuals and families to the resources they need to lead healthier lives.
  3. Be an Advocate—Speak out and educate others about healthcare-related legislation or a health-related issues that’s important to you.


The training you’ll receive as a Boomers Leading Change in Health volunteer will not only help you help others across our community, it will make a meaningful difference in YOUR life, too.

To find out more about all of our Programs and Opportunities click here
To find out more about our Volunteer Opportunities, click here.

Healthcare Hotlinks


Advocacy Resources

AARP Colorado

Bell Policy Center

Colorado Center for Law and Policy

Colorado Children's Campaign

Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved

Colorado Consumer Health Initiative

Colorado Rural Health Center

Family Voices Colorado

The Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

Health Care for All Colorado

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance


ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease

ALS Colorado

ALS Association



Colorado Alzheimer’s Association

Alzheimer’s Association – National



Arthritis Association

Rocky Mountain Arthritis Association



Autism Colorado


Brain Injury

Brain Injury Association of Colorado



Bone Marrow Transplants

Brain Tumor Resources

Breast Cancer Colorado

Cancer Care

Cancer Support and Education

Cancer Survivorship Program

Cervical Cancer Resources

Children’s Cancer Resources

Colorado Cancer Coalition

Colorado Cancer Research

Colorectal Cancer Resources

Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma Resources

Lung Cancer Resources

Melanoma Resources

Oral or Head/Neck Cancer Resources

Other Cancer Resources

Preventative Care - Cancer

Prostate Cancer Resources

Rocky Mountain Cancer Center

Testicular Cancer Resources


Caregiver Resources

Colorado Health Care Association and Center for Assisted Living

Mobile Psychotherapy Services

Strength for Caring



American Diabetes Association

Colorado Diabetes Resources


Disability Resources

The ARC of Colorado

Disability Resources in Colorado

The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People



Accredited Online Colleges

General Health Resources

City of Denver Healthy People

Colorado Health Care Resource Book

Colorado Health Department Comprehensive Resource

Colorado Health Institute

Colorado Consumer Health Initiative

Community Reach Center

Denver Environmental Health Department

National Networks of Libraries of Medicine

Think About It


Health Insurance General Information

Colorado Division of Insurance

Affordable Care Act Resources

National Association of Insurance Commissioners-Glossary of Terms

Healthcare Management Degree

The Simple Dollar Guide to Health Insurance


Healthcare Reform Resources

American Health Line

The Commonwealth Fund


Healthy Living

City of Denver Healthy People

Live Well Colorado


Heart Disease

American Heart Association – Colorado



Colorado Hemophilia Association



AIDS Coalition for Education

Colorado AIDS Project

Colorado AIDS Resources

HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Research Center


Huntington’s Disease

Huntington’s Disease Association of Colorado


Kidney Disease

Kidney Disease Resources

Polycystic Kidney Disease


Lung Disease

American Lung Association – Colorado

Mesothelioma & Asbestos Awareness Center



Lupus Association of Colorado


Mental Illness

Mental Health Colorado

National Association for the Mentally Ill - Colorado

National Alliance on Mental Illness - Colorado

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Resources

Suicide Prevention Student Guidebook


Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Colorado

Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center


Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson's Disease - Colorado Resources

Parkinson's Disease Foundation



American Stroke Association

National Stroke Association - Colorado


Boomer News

Civic Ventures


US News and World Report Boomer Articles

Hello Boomers Magazine



Volunteer Match

Metro Volunteers

Hands On Network

Volunteering in Public Health


BLCiH in the News--And On the Air


Corporation for National & Community Service Official Blog--June 2014

HuffPost/50--June 2014

BLCiH 30-second Institutional TV Spot--June 2014

BLCiH 15-second TV Spot--"Arlin"--June 2014

BLCiH 15-second TV Spot--"Joan"--June 2014

BLCiH 15-second TV Spot--"Phyllis"--June 2014

JVA Consulting "Tips for Executive Directors from Those Who Have Been There"--March 12, 2014

Denver Post "Littleton Nonprofit Doctors Care Connects Newly Insured to Services"--February 20, 2014

Intermountain Jewish News "Capturing the Productivity of Boomers"--January 31, 2014

Health News Colorado "Health Cost Calculator Aims to Help Chronically Ill, Disabled"--January 29, 2014

AARP Bulletin "Ready for a Second Career?"--October 2013

CBS4 Denver "Aging Independently"--October 23, 2012

CBS4 Denver "Boomers are a Changing Force in Healthcare"--July 19, 2011

The New York Times "Baby Boomers Step Up as Healthcare Volunteers"--March 7, 2012

Denver Post "Group Counting on Baby Boomers to Navigate Healthcare"--January 2, 2011