Convening for Colorado provided support to bring people together to discuss issues central to advancing the health and well-being of Coloradans. Convenings provided dedicated time for people to share information, learn from experts, personally engage and actively deliberate with the goal of tackling a tough challenge or taking advantage of a timely opportunity.
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Through a combination of communications, advocacy, leadership, media and network-building efforts over three years, Project Health Colorado helped to increase awareness, understanding and support for making health care and health coverage work better for every Coloradan. This effort to build public will for improved access to health was an innovative blend of grassroots strategies and an overarching communications campaign.
Using innovative, community-based, multi-ethnic outreach strategies, 19 grantees worked to identify and enroll eligible but uninsured children and youth in Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+). Grantees represented county-coordinated collaborations; after-school programs; clinics; agencies serving low-income families, homeless families and abused children; a school district; and an affordable housing provider.
Starting around 2008, rising unemployment and the accompanying loss of insurance began to exacerbate the demands on safety-net health care providers statewide. Even before the recession, the health needs of the uninsured exceeded the capacity of Colorado’s safety-net clinics and the doctors and hospitals available to provide charity care. The Colorado Trust has long been committed to help strengthen the immediate ability of safety-net providers to care for more children and to provide comprehensive care.
The Colorado Children’s Healthcare Access Program (CCHAP) was established in 2006 by Steve Poole, MD. The nonprofit organization provides support services to private pediatric and family medical practices to help them devote 10 percent or more of their practice to caring for children enrolled in Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+).
The Trust provided multi-year support to Colorado's network of Early Childhood Councils—community-based collaboratives that connect children and families to resources and quality services in early care and education, health, mental health and family support—to better integrate health services into their local early childhood system development efforts.
Conducted local outreach in support of the Frontline film Sick Around the World, which explored how other industrialized countries deliver health care and what the United States might learn from their experience. A follow-up film, Sick Around America, focused on the 225 million Americans under 65 not covered by Medicaid or Medicare, who seek access to health care via the private insurance market.
Helped hospitals across the state to further strengthen their quality improvement systems, ensuring safe patient care.
Children and youth without health insurance are far more likely to miss school, are less ready to learn and tend to go to the emergency room for treatable conditions such as asthma attacks to ear infections (source: Families USA). School-based health centers (SBHCs) are an important strategy for improving children's health—and in turn their academic achievement—by providing affordable, quality care in an easily accessible and trusted setting.
Recognizing outstanding leadership in communities served by a current grantee of The Colorado Trust.