The Colorado Trust’s Healthy Aging initiative helped senior-serving organizations meet the needs of the state’s growing aging population. Through this effort, 20 grantees worked to strengthen their organizational capacity to improve information and referral services for seniors, increase access to senior support services, address senior residential needs, bolster caregiver support services, and promote healthy lifestyles and overall wellness among seniors. Specific areas of focus included:
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The Colorado Trust's Bullying Prevention initiative helped schools and community-based organizations to prevent bullying and bullying-related behaviors. The initiative revealed higher academic achievement schoolwide when students and teachers are willing to intervene in bullying behavior, and when students perceive trusting, accepting and caring relationships between themselves and their teachers.
The Colorado Trust's Partnerships for Health initiative was designed to help improve the coordination of health services at the community level. This effort, an expansion of The Trust's Colorado Healthy People 2010 initiative, supported community health partnerships statewide, consisting of hospitals, local health departments, community-based organizations, government agencies and community members. Each partnership identified a Healthy People 2010 focus area important to its community.
Despite Colorado's generally positive health status, more than a quarter of the state's population—comprising Latinos, African-Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders—is disproportionately affected by disease, disability and death.
The Advancing Colorado's Mental Health Care project was a joint effort of The Trust, Caring for Colorado Foundation, The Denver Foundation and the Colorado Health Foundation. The project provided support to human services agencies, mental health care providers and others to improve the integration and coordination of mental health services in Colorado communities.
Because young people often know about troubling events before they occur, Safe2Tell—developed in response to the Columbine Commission's recommendations—gives students in all Colorado schools an increased ability to both prevent and report violence by making anonymous calls to 1-877-542-SAFE. The hotline enables students (as well as teachers, parents and others) to provide information about situations that make them feel unsafe, either on the school grounds or in the community, without fear of retribution for reporting such situations.
Like many other states across the country, Colorado's immigrant population has increased over the last decade and now makes up a growing portion of Colorado's population. In the late 1990s, through ongoing monitoring of health and well-being issues across Colorado, The Trust learned that there are a number of unmet needs of immigrants. The Trust's initiative supported newcomers and established residents in working together for strong, healthy communities.
To help Coloradans take steps to lead healthier, longer lives, and to decrease health disparities among different populations, The Colorado Trust supported the Colorado Healthy People 2010 initiative to enhance health promotion activities throughout the state.
Colorado has one of the highest suicide rates of any state in the country. In 2007, more lives were lost to suicide in Colorado (805) than in motor vehicle accidents or from illnesses such as diabetes, pneumonia or breast cancer. The impact of lives lost is a social, emotional and economic burden for our state and its residents, and the loss of lives is preventable.
The goal was to develop and support after-school programming strategies that capitalize on the strengths of young people, families and communities. The initiative provided funding, training and tailored technical assistance services to 34 grantee after-school programs across the state. In each program, emphasis was placed on three main goals: positive youth development strategies, cultural competency development (for both staff and program activities) and partnerships designed to foster stronger adult and youth engagement, as well as support for the program. The initiative, in part, also led to the development of the Colorado AfterSchool Network, a statewide network that provides ongoing support for after-school programs.