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 14 diverse grantees across the state from this 2008-12 initiative included community clinics, federally qualified health centers, school-based health centers and local public health departments. By the end of the grant period, these organizations helped an estimated 18,000 children annually receive preventive, primary, oral and behavioral health care services that didn't exist for them before.
Learn more in this grantee story on the Northwest Colorado Community Health Center.
GRANT AMOUNT: $4.2 million