In honor of
Corona’s 20th anniversary, we are celebrating the outstanding people and
organizations making a positive contribution to our community.
Each month, Corona is making a $500 donation in honor of a member of our team. For June, Kevin Raines selected the Center for Visual Art. We chatted with Kevin to learn more about this organization and his relationship with them.
The Center for Visual Art is a unique entity, operating as the off-campus art gallery for Metro State University. In addition “to serv(ing) as an interactive art laboratory for MSU Denver students and the larger community,” the CVA hosts internationally renowned exhibitions such as Suchitra Mattai’s Sugarbound; the photography-based Gravity of Perception; and Pink Progression, a series of exhibitions “commemorating and celebrating the solidarity established during the women’s marches in 2017 and 2018.”
The exhibition currently featured at
the CVA captures the relationship between the CVA, MSU, and the local arts
community nestled alongside the building off of 10th and Santa Fe.
From now till July 24th, the CVA is featuring The 10th Biennial
MSU Denver Art Department Exhibition, which “offers a peek into the studio
art and design practices of MSU Denver’s art faculty and staff and celebrates
our vibrant visual art community.”
Kevin chose to donate to the Center
for Visual Art primarily because of his affinity for visual art and the
meaningful role that the CVA plays in showcasing student art and training
teachers while also connecting the local community to the art happening inside
the building. Kevin also serves in a leadership role with the CVA as a member
of the Leadership Advisory Council.
Throughout 2019, to help celebrate our 20th Anniversary, we are profiling our staff and select clients. Corona is also donating $500 on behalf of each staff person to a charitable organization of their choice. Click here to view all of our interviews.
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Every story has a beginning, and for Corona Insights, the
story begins with Kevin Raines. After working in economic research and
government consulting, Kevin decided to strike out on his own and founded a
market research company called Corona Research in 1999. Leveraging connections
and experience gained from previous work experience, Kevin quickly set out to
carve a niche for Corona Research to thrive in the Denver market. And thrive it
Since its start as a one-man show, Corona Research has
evolved and grown. In 2009 the name was changed to Corona Insights to better
align with the full scope of services offered at Corona. In addition to market
research, Corona established itself as industry leading experts in evaluation
and strategic consulting. This expansion of services has enabled Corona to
serve as a launching pad for many peoples’ careers over the past twenty
years—something Kevin hopes will continue long after he retires.
Regardless of your exact title, your job, as outlined by
Corona’s Matt Herndon in
his blog last week, is often a blend of assuring public health outcomes
through education and advocacy, assessing the state of the public’s health
through research, and developing and implementing policies that support
positive public health outcomes.
clients represent a very diverse cross-section of our communities, ranging from
the government agencies that guide us, to the nonprofits that support us, to
the businesses that sustain us. Perhaps
our most rewarding projects, however, are the opportunities we have to work
with people who are working hard every day to make our world a better
place. We frequently work with public
health departments at various levels of government to help them better
understand the needs that their constituents have and how public health can
help. But what actually makes public health officials tick? What do they love about the job? And what are some of the ways people get into
that world in the first place?
We work in a number of areas here at Corona
Insights that touch on a person’s health.
Over the past 20 years, our topics have included everything from smoking
to exercise to mental health to proximity to nuclear waste. We often are retained to help understand a
specific problem and guide strategy toward that problem.
In the bigger picture, though, we also do a
lot of work with needs assessments – public health needs assessments,
low-income needs assessments, general community needs assessments, and
others. In those types of studies, we
examine a range of issues and help our clients identify key issues and how to
engine of a great university is its faculty. They pursue new knowledge, create
unique approaches to address long-standing problems, and innovate the learning
experience. Along the way, they imagine new possibilities, incubate ideas,
experiment with alternative models, and discard what doesn’t work. Design
thinking is in their DNA.
… the 20th century model of delivering a liberal and creative arts education is inadequate to the task of developing graduates who can think broadly and critically in and out of their chosen fields, skills essential to career and life success as called out in DU IMPACT 2025.
Given her connection to the community and her passion for
understanding the complex realities of sociocultural phenomenon, it comes as no
surprise that Molly chose Metro
Caring as her recipient for Corona’s $500 donation.
puts humanity front and center of everything she does. Whatever the task, she brings
a deep understanding of relevant sociocultural forces to inform decisions.
Molly’s proclivity for the nuances in people make her excel at everything from
moderating focus groups to providing great PBS documentary recommendations. At
Corona, she applies expertise in qualitative methods to solve the most
difficult problems in research, evaluation, and strategy.
In looking back over Corona’s two decades of work, there
may no better example of a client that has utilized the full breadth of
Corona’s services than Donor Alliance,
the federally-designated, non-profit organ procurement organization serving
Colorado and most of Wyoming.
Corona has worked with Donor Alliance, and with Donor
Awareness Council, before the two merged, for over a decade. In fact, they were
one of my very first clients – perhaps the first – at Corona, 13 years ago. In our weekly staff meeting Kevin had noted
the potential project and upcoming meeting with them. As my brother had received
a double-lung transplant more than a decade earlier, I had a strong connection
to their goal of inspiring the public to register as organ and tissue donors
and asked to join the project. Thirteen years on and countless projects later (ok,
I counted: 8 projects with Donor Alliance and 8 projects previously with Donor
Awareness Council), we’re proud of the work we’ve done and we’re thrilled to
see all that they have accomplished.
In an interview with a public health
practitioner recently, the interviewee noted that one of the challenges for
public health is that “when we are doing our jobs well, the public doesn’t
really see what we do.” This holds true for two of the roles the public often
looks to public health organizations for guidance: translating research into
public health policy and advocacy. When public health policy and advocacy are
addressing the problem, we don’t see it.