Alumni

MJ Jorgensen

MJ Jorgensen
Location: Evans, Colorado Cohort Start Year: 2019 Project Topics: Addiction and Substance Abuse, Behavioral and Mental Health, Community/Civic Engagement, Health Care Access, LGBTQ+ Health, Public, Population and Community Health Populations Served: Adolescents (12-20 years), Adults (21-64 years), LGBTQ+ Communities, Older Adults (65+), People with Addictions
Director of Addiction Response
North Colorado Health Alliance

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MJ (they, them, theirs) believes that all people should have equitable access to quality mental health and substance use care, that these systems are centered around populations facing systemic oppression and discrimination, and that systems take accountability and work to positively change their impact. MJ got into this work because they are both personally and professionally invested in changing systems to better meet the needs of the community.

As a non-binary and transgender public health professional, MJ is continuously looking to improve the health of historically under-represented groups. MJ serves as the Director of Addiction Response for the North Colorado Health Alliance in Evans, Colorado and uses this platform to achieve their vision.

MJ works with partners in behavioral health, healthcare, criminal justice, education, and housing to build sustainable community solutions to improve access to respectful and affirming behavioral health care and treatment. It’s MJ’s goal to build more spaces where people go for support that are open to change, equipped to meet the needs and welcoming for all members of our community.

MORE ABOUT MJ

MJ Jorgensen, (they, them, theirs) is a white, queer, transgender and non-binary public health professional who is invested in changing health spaces so that all have equitable access to welcoming spaces and positive health outcomes. They accomplish this through their work in the community member, as the Director of Addiction Response with the North Colorado Health Alliance, as a Leader in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Leaders program, an instructor at Colorado State University’s School of Public Health, and Equity Professional with Engage Coaching and Consulting.

In these roles, they apply community organizing, program planning and change management strategies to make organizational and programmatic improvements across systems. MJ has their Masters in Public Health, is a Certified Health Education Specialist and has also completed the National Diversity Council’s Certified Diversity Professional Program.

MJ is a dedicated strategist, relationship builder and educator. MJ’s philosophy centers on harm reduction and community voice and organizing with the goal to restructure and renovate existing systems to better meet the needs of the communities they aim to serve.

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