Supported a comprehensive Colorado Community Health Network review of administrative and policy options to simplify and streamline Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) eligibility and enrollment process, including opportunities to reduce barriers based on federal policies and successful practices in other states.
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. Several grantees also participated in a Trust-funded evaluation conducted by the University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center to assess program effectiveness and identify models for replication. Learn more.
Funded the development of an interactive web-based map of health care coverage outreach and enrollment strategies in Colorado to identify gaps, support referrals to enrollment services and provide stakeholders with a dynamic, state-level analysis of outreach resources.
Conducted an evaluation of public insurance outreach and enrollment programs in community-based organizations funded by The Trust. The evaluation determined the programs’ impact on enrollment, retention and utilization of Colorado's public health insurance programs. For select grantees, the team also conducted a cost analysis to examine the cost per client of implementing a case management approach to Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) and Medicaid outreach, enrollment and retention.
Through a national conference held in Denver in February 2009 (co-sponsored by Columbia University's National Center for Children in Poverty), helped state leaders build on emerging best practices from around the country to integrate the health system into the broader early childhood development system. Co-sponsored the November 2010 BUILD Initiative national conference on the Health Community’s Role in Supporting Young Children’s Social and Emotional Development.
Through the Colorado Area Health Education Center, supported Cavity Free at Three in preventing oral disease in young children statewide by changing delivery systems, and strengthening the capacity of safety nets to provide preventive oral health services to high-risk, high-need pregnant women and their babies (up to age 3). Educated dentists, physicians, nurses, dental hygienists and public health practitioners about early childhood caries, and provided them tools to further promote oral disease prevention education and services. Co-funded with Caring for Colorado Foundation, Colorado Health Foundation, Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation, Rose Community Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.
Researchers at Denver Health and the University of Colorado School of Medicine used a randomized, controlled trial to determine the impact of Cavity Free at Three on the prevalence of dental caries in children under three years of age. The evaluation also assessed parent and caregiver satisfaction with the program, changes in knowledge and behavior of program trainees, and clinical barriers to program adoption. The evaluation was co-funded by The Trust, Caring for Colorado Foundation, Colorado Health Foundation, Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation, Rose Community Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.
Funding to strengthen HCPF staff, planning, outreach and public education efforts to support the development and implementation of health care system improvements in Colorado. As well, through the Colorado Governor's Building Blocks to Health Care Reform and Executive Order D 005 08, the establishment of the Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC) to identify and pursue strategies for quality improvement, cost containment and improved population health.
Supported Colorado non-federally qualified health centers to build their administrative and service capacity in order to secure additional public funding, thereby enabling them to serve more children and low-income working families, particularly in parts of the state where these clinics are the only option for care.