Why Attend a CHC Program?

As a membership organization driven to supporting communications professionals, Colorado Healthcare Communicators offers a number of opportunities for our members to engage and network. Our events include breakfast programs, happy hours, and the annual Gold Leaf Awards dinner, offering health care communications professionals across Colorado with an opportunity to learn best practices and advance their career, network with like-minded professionals and organizations, and celebrate the success of their work in the community.

Whether you work on the health care delivery side, advocacy side, or offer services to support communications and marketing specialists in the state, our programs and events offer a great opportunity to get to advance your work and health care in the state. We offer a wide variety of program topics including our media round table, member campaign highlights, the latest in communication technology and engagement strategies and more to support your work.

In addition, we offer more casual happy hour opportunities – your chance to meet other members, find new vendors, and network with your peers.

We have options to join as a participant, as a speaker, or as a sponsor of our events, and you can find out more by visiting our events page or contacting us at

Our members are on the cutting edge with their strategies to effectively engage patients and communities, and working together to make health care excellent. Be a part of the innovation today by becoming a member and joining an event!

Becoming a member is easy as 1, 2, 3…

I recently joined the Colorado Healthcare Communicators (CHC) in December of last year. I was interested in expanding my network and increasing my knowledge in a field that I am passionate–I also heard there would be breakfast burritos at the meetings. Since December, I’ve not only had my fair share of burritos, but I’ve also met many people who have given me invaluable advice, acted as thinking partners on a project I was working on, or even just given me a business card.

There are many reasons to become a member of the Colorado Healthcare Communicators. As a Colorado professional, working in or involved in healthcare-related marketing, public relations, or media relations, we know it can get tough out there! You need a network of strong individuals who you can turn to when a crisis emerges, when you need some fresh ideas, or for just a laugh over drinks at our bi-monthly happy hours!

We believe the Colorado Healthcare Communicators can help you with three key aspects of your career:

  1. Strengthen your network – Building professional relationships within CHC provides a sense of belonging to a greater community. Growing your network gives you access to help and support in reaching your professional goals. Connect with peers to share ideas, gather information, get advice, and discover new friends.
  2. Further your career – Joining the CHC Board or a committee may provide leadership opportunities to strengthen your skills and even your resume. Identify movers and shakers as prospects  for informational interviews. The CHC website provides postings of industry related jobs, too! Becoming a member means you’ll also have access to many of our events for free or discounted-rates. You never know who might be waiting to meet you at one of these events, ready to give you that next big break.
  3. Expand your knowledge – CHC brings industry leaders to members through breakfast programs. Past topics have included the building blocks of strong media and marketing programs, healthcare industry updates, media relations, and 101 on Google Analytics.

If that wasn’t enough to convince you, we have more formal benefits that are included with membership, as well:

  • Access to member-only resources
  • Summaries of previous programs and webinars
  • Reduced fees for monthly breakfast programs
  • Discounts on Gold Leaf Award entry fees
  • Free entry to our annual member mixer

The CHC membership pays for itself when you attend four or more meetings per year! Annual membership is $75 for an individual, full-time student membership is $50, and we also offer organizational membership for up to four staff members for $250.

So, what are you waiting for? Join us today, while the burritos last!

Learn More about CHC’s Gold Leaf Awards!

Since the 1970s, Colorado Healthcare Communicators (CHC) has honored the best in advertising, public relations, communications and marketing in healthcare through the Gold Leaf Awards. Each year, CHC encourages you to think about the projects you and your team have created and the results you’ve achieved that would make for a great Gold Leaf entry!

There are a large variety of categories that are assessed yearly:

  • Advertising
  • Annual Report
  • Collateral
  • Communication Program
  • Community Relations
  • Event
  • Health App
  • Media Relations
  • Newsletter
  • Public Affairs
  • Social Media
  • Video
  • Website
  • Writing

Entries are judged on three criteria – planning and goals; implementation; and results and evaluation. Judges from prior years have shared that the look for entries that are creative, that use SMART goals, that give a complete picture of the situation and the work, and that quantify as much as possible, especially with measurable results.

Note: Make sure to mark your calendars for the 2017 event – Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (register here). It’s sure to be a celebratory evening as we honor the best in Colorado healthcare communications in 2017! Sponsorships are available for the evening as well, so contact CHC if you want to be a supporter of this great event. For questions or more information, email