Access to Health

To inform The Colorado Trust's grantmaking – and to advance our understanding of challenges and opportunities related to achieving expanded health coverage and improved and expanded health care in Colorado – we collect and share knowledge from a broad body of research and analysis, including:

Colorado Resources

Access to Health Care for Denver Children
Kids' Health Care Access: Diagnosis and Prescription for Improvement examines the current state of health care access, coverage, provider capacity and quality of care for all children in the Denver metro areas, and proposes solutions to providing care for Colorado's uninsured and under-insured children.

Barriers to Outreach and Enrollment for Colorado’s Children
The Maze – The Barriers That Keep Colorado’s Eligible Children and Families Out of Medicaid and CHP+ and Recommendations to Create a Direct Path to Enrollment, prepared by Colorado Covering Kids and Families, examines the current state of Colorado's Medicaid and CHP+ eligibility and enrollment process, and the barriers applicants face in securing Medicaid and CHP+ coverage. Based on a comprehensive review of administrative and policy options and best practices, the report provides policy recommendations to help guide Colorado's decisionmakers in their work to simplify the path to Medicaid and CHP+ coverage.

Colorado Health Institute
CHI provides comprehensive health data resources and policy analyses for policymakers, health planners, the business and nonprofit communities, advocacy and consumer groups, health care providers, foundations and the media. CHI's website includes county-by-county data on a variety of health care safety net, insurance, cost and workforce topics, as well as links to other state and national health data sources.

Colorado Health Report Card
The Colorado Health Foundation publishes annual updates on the current status of health, health care and health coverage in Colorado using data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The Report Card, produced in partnership with the Colorado Health Institute, provides data on key health indicators, including access to health care. 

National Resources

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
The AHRQ supports research initiatives aimed to improve the quality of U.S. health care. AHRQ's website provides research and data on a variety of health topics, including quality improvement, health care delivery systems, health care costs and sources of payment. An interactive tool explores data from the National Healthcare Disparities Report.

The Commonwealth Fund
The Fund supports independent research on health care issues, and makes grants to stimulate and improve health care practice and policy. The private foundation has conducted research and policy analyses on such topics as health insurance, health system performance, quality of care, health disparities, state health policy, Medicare and more. The Fund also provides interactive health data tools from which to create customized charts and state scorecards.

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation – State Health Facts
This project provides up-to-date and user-friendly health data on all 50 states, on more than 500 health topics.

National Academy for State Health Policy
Comprised of state health policymakers, NASHP identifies emerging issues, develops policy solutions, and helps improve state health policy and practice. By conducting policy analyses and research, disseminating information on state policies and programs, and providing technical assistance to states, the independent organization provides a forum for constructive, nonpartisan work across branches and agencies of state government on critical health issues.

National Conference of State Legislatures
This bipartisan organization provides research and technical assistance to state legislators and their staffs. Through its Health Access to Healthcare and the Uninsured issue area, NCSL offers information specific to legislators on a variety of health policy topics, including increasing access, health disparities, health reform, insuring children, increasing employer-sponsored insurance and Medicaid.

State Health Access Data Assistance Center
SHADAC helps states monitor rates of health insurance coverage and understand factors associated with uninsurance. SHADAC also provides technical assistance to federal agencies that conduct health insurance surveys, and states that conduct their own surveys. Additionally, the organization produces timely and targeted health policy research focused on deriving lessons from state variations in policy and outcomes.