Venita Currie is highly experienced in developing and implementing health-related strategies that leverage the common ground between organizations and the communities they serve. She advances her clients’ goals and objectives with more than 20 years of experience with city, state and national campaigns; directing community relations, designing community surveys, advising grassroots organizations and leading statewide health programs. Her reputation is built on a proven track record of designing and executing public engagement campaigns that are meticulously planned and professionally delivered to achieve impactful results.
Venita’s talent for cultivating authentic relationships in multi-cultural communities has been a valuable asset for her clients. Many of her projects have required customized grassroots tactics to pull the perspectives and support of hard to reach communities including Denver Water’s Lead Reduction Program and the 5280 Trail that weaves through several Denver neighborhoods and key landmarks.
Venita’s passion for helping communities make healthy choices includes working for mental health organizations to design strategies to reduce negative perceptions associated with mental health and substance use disorders. She was also recruited to serve on The Colorado Health Access Fund’s Statewide Advisory Committee for The Denver Foundation to assist with the distribution of $40M to increase access to behavioral health and substance use treatment services with a focus on under-represented communities and health equity issues.
Venita serves as chair-elect on the board of Mental Health Colorado, a statewide non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization to reduce the barriers that discourage Coloradans from seeking care for mental health and substance use disorders. In her role, she oversees the organization’s efforts to inform and shape public policy – including legislative, regulatory and budgetary decisions.
Venita moved to Denver from San Francisco in 2009 and is still trying to learn how to ski.