Community engagement has defined Rosario C de Baca’s life. When she was 14 years old, Rosario volunteered to help Bobby Kennedy win the primary election, passing out fliers in the community. As a young woman she volunteered in health clinics and with the United Farm Workers when Cesar Chavez was organizing for the safety of workers. Working with organizations in Denver and Colorado, Rosario involved community members in planning disease prevention and health promotion programs and obtained funding from foundations, state and federal sources to carry them out. As board member of Denver Health and the community health centers, she worked with administrators and health providers to include community members in planning of health programs and services. She coordinated voter registration and education projects with Southwest Voter Project, The Women’s Vote Project, Mi Casa Resource Center and other non-partisan groups to register voters and encourage their participation in politics that affect their families.
Rosario’s husband Vince is a 3rd generation marine and professor at Metro State University.
Their 5 children attended Denver Public Schools. As an active parent, Rosario worked to bring parents and community members to meet with teachers and school administrators to find community driven solutions to our schools.
Board Member, Denver Community Health Clinic Board, Appointed by Mayor
Board Member (former), Denver Health and Hospital Authority Mayor, Appointed by Mayor
Board Member, Sabor Latino Ballet Folklorico Mexicano
Board Member and President – Elect, Colorado Minority Health Forum
Member (past), Denver Empowerment Zone Health Benchmark Demonstration Project Advisory Committee
Member, Denver Health Multicultural Steering Committee
Member, Colorado Covering Kids and Families Coalition
Member (past), Denver Mayor Wellington Webb Latino Advisory Committee
Member, Colorado Women’s Healthcare Advocacy Coalition
Member, Colorado STD Coalition
Member, Colorado Diabetes Advisory Council
Member (former), Gifted Education Advisory Committee, Appointed by the Colorado Board of Education.
Member (former), Denver Public Schools (DPS) School Improvement and Accountability Committee
Member (former), DPS Citizens Committee for Bond Expenditures (CCBE), Board Appointed
Latino HIV/AIDS Coalition, Denver
Member, Colorado Historical Society
Member, Genealogical Society of Hispanic America
Former Co-chair, Gifted Talented Education Advisory Council to Board, Denver Public Schools
Member (former), Arts Resource Council DPS
Parent Representative, Collaborative Decision Making Teams: West High School, Gust and Eagleton Elementary
Member Review Team (former), Science Curriculum Content Standards, DPS
Colorado Voter Registration and Education Project (local effort of SWVREP)
Field organizer, United Farm Workers of America UFW
Who’s Who American Colleges and Universities
Community Leadership Award, Adelante Mujer Latina Women’s Organization. 2003
Distinguished Public Service Award for “Strong and tireless advocacy on issues related to public health, mental health, substance abuse and issues of access to quality education.” U. S. Department of Health and Human Service, Region VIII. 2003
Bernie Valdez Award