This brief highlights findings from the 2011 Colorado Health Access Survey (CHAS) about who is covered by Medicaid in Colorado and how they access and use health services. The analysis shows that Coloradans covered by Medicaid have a lower utilization of most health services than those with commercial insurance. It also shows that most Medicaid enrollees have a usual source of care, but getting an appointment with a health care provider can still be a challenge.
This publication briefly summarizes the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provisions that advance health equity, including those related to health care coverage, delivery and payment reform, and areas specific to disparities, such as data collection and cultural competence. It also looks at what Colorado has done in these areas to achieve health equity, and summarizes lessons learned in Colorado and other states.
This paper examines the policies from the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) that relate to racial/ethnic health disparities and discusses what Colorado is already doing to reduce disparities. It also looks at what Colorado policymakers can learn from other states' experiences and how they could use those lessons and the ACA to move forward in eliminating racial/ethnic health disparities.
This brief highlights findings from the 2011 Colorado Health Access Survey (CHAS) about access to dental insurance and oral health care in Colorado. The analysis shows that all Coloradans are facing more barriers to accessing oral health care, compared to when the survey was last done in 2008-09. It also looks at which Coloradans are having the most difficulty getting oral health care and paying for it.
This appendices contains a full description of the data collection methods (Appendix A) and the complete case studies (Appendix B) for the four Partnerships for Health initiative grantees highlighted in the report Improving Access to Health Through Collaboration: Lessons Learned from The Colorado Trust's Partnership for Health Initiative Evaluation.
This report presents findings from the evaluation of four Partnerships for Health initiative grantees that were addressing access to health in their communities through the formation of collaboratives. Outcomes achieved by the grantees, as well as lessons learned for others embarking on collaborative processes, are described.
This brief highlights findings from the 2011 Colorado Health Access Survey (CHAS) about emergency department use in Colorado. The in-depth analysis provides critical insights about effect of insurance status on emergency department use; the ages, races, ethnicities and income levels of those who most often use the emergency department; and reasons Coloradans report for non-emergency use of the emergency department.
This case study examines the efforts of the West Central Public Health Partnership. This partnership brought together public and environmental health officials from six counties along Colorado’s Western Slope to create the means to provide comprehensive regional public and environmental health services in the rural communities they serve. This study identifies the organizational elements that contributed to the group’s successes and highlights recommendations for other rural counties and funders considering similar endeavors.
This publication briefly highlights results of the evaluation of The Colorado Trust's Equality in Health initiative. The initiative sought to decrease health disparities in Colorado by increasing cultural competency of health care organizations serving racial and ethnic minorities. Community Science, a social research and evaluation firm, conducted the evaluation.
Foundations are increasingly investing in advocacy as a way to achieve policy change. This report summarizes recent research commissioned by The Trust reviewing options funders have to pursue advocacy grantmaking, as well as the implications of the choices on the outcomes they can expect to achieve. Considerations for foundation staffing, board involvement, grantee selection and evaluation are also discussed.
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