The Colorado Health Equity Project (CHEP) is a collaboration of student, faculty, public interest, and pro bono attorneys, public health advocates, and physicians dedicated to improving health outcomes for vulnerable populations to reduce health disparities and inequity in Colorado.

Dayna Matthew, Founder & Executive Director

Dayna Matthew joined the University of Colorado faculty in 2003 as an Matthew_DaynaAssociate Professor, and was promoted to Full Professor in 2005.  She holds a joint faculty appointment at the Colorado School of Public Health and is a member of the University of Colorado’s Center for Bioethics and Humanities faculty.  She teaches Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Evidence, and a variety of health law classes.   Professor Matthew brings an interdisciplinary approach to the study of health law. offering classes in which law and public health students study, provide direct client representation, and advocate for changes in public health law and policy together.   Professor Matthew has published numerous articles on health law and policy and her book, “Towards Health Justice In America, recently published by New York University Press.

In 2004, Professor Matthew became the Law School’s Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and she served in that office until she became the Law School’s Vice Dean from 2010-2011.  

Professor Matthew has practiced as a civil litigator in Kentucky, at the law firm of Greenebaum, Doll and McDonald, and in Virginia, at McGuire Woods where her work primarily focused on the defense of medical care providers and corporate manufacturers.

Pia Dean, Co-Founder

Pia Dean is a partner in the Health Law section of Holland & Hart.  Dean_PatriciaHealth care law, in all its many aspects, is Ms. Dean’s passion. Her desire to better serve her clients and understand healthcare laws and regulations in depth led her in 2010 to return to school to begin obtaining her masters of law (LL.M.) in health law. Her education, coupled with her years representing clients in health law related matters, provide her clients with sophisticated counsel on a wide range of issues, including healthcare transactions, regulatory matters, practice formation, government investigations, medical ethics, and physician integration.

She is immersed in efforts at both the federal and state levels to reform healthcare and address its rising costs. She has extensive knowledge of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, health benefit exchanges, accountable care organizations, and Medicare/Medicaid reforms.