The 2008-09 Colorado Household Survey (COHS) was initiated to collect information on the health insurance status of Coloradans. The COHS was sponsored by the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing and funded by The Colorado Trust in an effort to more accurately assess the issues surrounding health insurance coverage in Colorado, and provide baseline information about health care coverage and access in anticipation of state and national health reform efforts. Using data from the COHS, this issue brief summarizes the implications of a federally imposed individual mandate on uninsured Coloradans.
This evaluation of The Colorado Trust's three-year, statewide Bullying Prevention initiative shows that bullying declined when adults and students were willing to intervene, treat each other fairly and show they care. The findings also show that schools with less bullying had higher scores on the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) in reading, writing and math. Major findings are highlighted from this intensive initiative, including tips on how educators, parents and policymakers can help prevent bullying.
Conducted by the Colorado Health Institute—with support from The Colorado Trust and the Caring for Colorado Foundation—this study was used to inform legislative discussion in the 2009 session. Among other recommendations, findings suggest that policymakers consider: reimbursement policies to enhance the use of dental hygienists in areas where oral health access is lacking; more prescriptive authority for advance practice nurses (APNs); delivery of health care through interdisciplinary teams including physicians, APNs and other health care professionals; requiring insurers to disclose to the Colorado Insurance Commissioner their reimbursement policies for allied health professionals providing identical services to physicians and dentists; and, through demonstration projects, testing the effectiveness, safety and quality of care provided by advance practice nurses, physician assistants and dental hygienists as primary health care providers in medically underserved areas of Colorado.
Beginning in 2004, The Colorado Trust—along with the Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning and Community Science—worked to promote immigrant integration statewide. For policymakers, community advocates, academics, foundations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations, this publication details lessons learned by the 19 communities funded by The Trust to develop and implement comprehensive, local integration plans.
As part of The Trust's strategies to improve health systems and expand Colorado's health care workforce, this newsletter highlights the efforts of the following grantees: Partnership for a Healthy Colorado, Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics and the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence. The newsletter further describes a new bullying prevention resource and links to the 2007 Annual Report.
The 2007 Annual Report highlights a year of continuing commitments to more than a dozen long-term health and well-being initiatives, as well as extensive planning and considerable change in the development and first steps toward a new vision to achieve access to health for all Coloradans by 2018.
TriWest examined grantees' coordination of local community health services, strengthened community partnerships and improved health outcomes at the community level. The Partnerships for Health Initiative Collaboration Survey was administered annually to representatives of each grantee's key collaboration partners to assess the process and structure of their collaborative.
This brief brochure highlights findings from an independent evaluation of The Colorado Trust's three-year, statewide Bullying Prevention initiative, including tips on how educators, parents and policymakers can help prevent bullying.
Highlights include a grantee story on practicing medicine in rural Colorado. Other articles focus on building Colorado's health professions workforce; a "Scopes of Care" study that's underway; The Trust's support of the Frontline film Sick Around the World; an Equality in Health grantee as the recipient of the 2008 John R. Moran, Jr. Leadership Award; and a tribute to Dr. Donald Fink, a founding Trustee. Also included are overviews of several publications: Governor’s Dialogue on Health Care Vision and Values; Colorado Baby Boomers: Challenges and Opportunities, and Immigrant Integration Educator Resource Guide.
Summarizes key messages heard in nine communities and 11 meetings across Colorado. The Colorado Trust supported former Governor Bill Ritter in his efforts to convene, inform and engage people across the state in a conversation about what they want from their health care system and values underlying that vision. The process was designed to complement the work of the Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care Reform and provide further input to the Ritter administration in setting a course for change.
An interactive, searchable database of all of The Trust’s publications from its 30 years of serving Coloradans.