In the past decade, a number of national efforts have endeavored to increase enrollment of eligible children and families in public health insurance programs, but enrolling this population continues to be a struggle due to systemic barriers at the state, county and local levels. In response, foundations like The Colorado Trust have invested in community-based outreach efforts to improve the enrollment, retention and utilization of Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus. This case study highlights the work of one such effort.
Advocacy was imperative to The Colorado Trust's vision of achieving access to health for all Coloradans. Yet conducting effective advocacy, and implementing an effective advocacy funding strategy and evaluation, proved challenging. This report shares The Trust's experiences toward achieving an open-learning process for grantees and foundation staff, and toward preparing a field of advocates to address the issues of our time.
In 2005, The Colorado Trust funded Equality in Health, a five-year, $13.1 million initiative 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 an evaluation of the first cohort of grantees. The results of this evaluation, as well as lessons learned, can be found in this report.
This brief details the causes of oral disease, prevention strategies, accomplishments in improving the oral health of Colorado children and strategies for further improvements. Prepared for The Colorado Trust, Caring for Colorado Foundation and the Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation by Diane Brunson, RDH, MPH, Director of Public Health, University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine.
This two-page summary provides a high-level overview for policymakers on the causes of oral disease, prevention strategies, accomplishments in improving the oral health of Colorado children and strategies for further improvements. Prepared for The Colorado Trust, Caring for Colorado Foundation and the Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation by Diane Brunson, RDH, MPH, Director of Public Health, University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine.
This issue brief examines why Coloradans are uninsured, including their ability and willingness to pay for health insurance, how much they believe they can afford and what they now pay for out-of-pocket expenses. The brief also addresses the consequences of being uninsured in Colorado. This brief is based on an in-depth analysis of data from the 2011 Colorado Health Access Survey (CHAS).
This issue brief describes and discusses how a systematic and ongoing data exchange between community-based organizations and the state can minimize enrollment barriers. In particular, this brief describes how such a data exchange was implemented through the creation of the Client Assistance Tool (CAT)—an information and tracking system designed to help Trust grantees monitor their outreach and enrollment efforts—and its associated CAT feedback reports.
Highlights primary care public-policy advances attributable to the Colorado Health Professions Workforce Policy Collaborative and recommends policy solutions for future advances.
This report provides critical information on Colorado-specific mental health and substance use disorder treatment needs, funding, progress made in the coordination and integration of behavioral health services since 2003, continued barriers to care and long-term recommendations for the state.
This report highlights findings from the 2011 update to The Status of Behavioral Health Care in Colorado report. It provides information about the current landscape of public and private mental health and substance use disorder care in Colorado, to support the efforts of those working to improve behavioral health care.
An interactive, searchable database of all of The Trust’s publications from its 30 years of serving Coloradans.