Together with the New America Foundation, the DU Center developed an in-depth report on the economic case for health reform. This report assessed and explained the balance between the likely costs of reform and the potential economic benefits of reform so that business leaders, policymakers and the public can have a more informed debate about Colorado’s self-interest in health system reform.
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.
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.
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.
Provided support services that enable and encourage private pediatric and family practices to devote at least 10% of their practice to publicly insured children, including an enhanced reimbursement program that CCHAP offers in conjunction with the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, Rocky Mountain Health Plans and Colorado Access that promotes and rewards comprehensive preventive health care. Learn more.
Conducted a review of Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) claims data to compare costs, utilization and outcomes for children seen by a Colorado Children's Healthcare Access Practice to those for children in unassigned Medicaid fee-for-service care in order to strengthen efforts to expand medical homes to Colorado Medicaid patients.
Supported 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 and systems into their local early childhood system development efforts. Learn more.
Expanded the ability of 14 community health clinics and local public health agencies to provide timely preventive, primary, oral and behavioral health care for children in medically underserved areas. Learn more.
Provided leadership and promoted collaboration to address community-specific behavioral health concerns; diminished the stigma of mental illness through greater awareness and understanding; increased early detection and treatment, and improved overall behavioral health outcomes for Coloradans.