Today we celebrate Dr. Justina Ford. Not only was she a true pioneer and trailblazer who made history by overcoming the barriers of race and gender to become the first African American woman to practice medicine in Colorado. She was compassionate, fair, equitable, fearless, and determined to help others. Her drive and determination made her an inspiration to others and continues to inspire us all today. During her 50-year career at her home in Five Points, she delivered 7,000 babies and provided healthcare for Denver’s financially challenged immigrant communities. We were honored to name one of our state data systems for COVID-19 tracking “Dr. Justina” in honor of her legacy (more about that here: https://cdphe.colorado.gov/dr-justina) Dr. Ford’s impact on our community will never be forgotten.
Jarad Polis Governor of Colorado