This issue brief offers policymakers an action checklist for developing state policies and practices that support the healthy mental development of young children, and provides examples of such policies and practices already in place in Colorado. As well, the brief lists federal funding available to bolster state and local efforts to improve children's healthy mental development.
This issue brief commissioned by The Colorado Trust, and authored by the two lead staff members of the Colorado's Blue Ribbon Commission on Healthcare Reform (the 208 Commission), Tracy L. Johnson, PhD and Sarah Schulte, MHSA, shows that there is significant agreement between our state's recommendations and the new federal law.
Prepared for The Colorado Trust by the Colorado Health Institute, this issue brief is based on data from the 2008-09 Colorado Household Survey (which later became the the Colorado Health Access Survey). Key findings show that 650,000 Coloradans were underinsured—almost the same number as uninsured residents—and, although individuals over 65 years old usually have Medicare, the highest rate of underinsurance occured among this age group. As well, underinsured Coloradans were more likely to forego medical care and/or report problems paying medical bills than those Coloradans deemed adequately insured.
This brief provides an overview of the concept of public will-building, and looks at how it may serve as an important means to help achieve access to health. In addition to describing actions and experiences within each phase of building public will, the brief also provides a case study of how this approach has impacted environmental awareness.
The Colorado Trust's 2009 Annual Report highlights the accomplishments of those we have the privilege to work with, and briefly outlines our work ahead to realize access to health for all Coloradans.
This overview of The Colorado Trust's prior vision, commitment and grantmaking also illustrated support of policies, programs and services that expand health coverage, and improve and expand health care.
Even when children and their families have access to support services from a variety of programs and organizations—such as early learning centers, nutrition programs, and pediatric, nursing, dental and mental health care providers—there are challenges in connecting families to these services. The result is that families often have a difficult time learning about, applying for and taking advantage of the services that could benefit their children. This issue brief, prepared for The Colorado Trust by Julia Coffman of the Center for Evaluation Innovation and Susan Parker of Clear Thinking Communications, explains systems building as an intentional, organized way to create or improve a system of early care and education services for children.
This summary—developed by the Colorado Patient Safety Leadership Task Force with support from The Colorado Trust—provided a road map for patient safety activities in Colorado.
This guide offers practical examples of how cross-cultural issues surface in evaluation, and how to address the issues. It is a companion to an earlier report, The Importance of Culture in Evaluation.
Developed by the Colorado Health Care Professions Workforce Policy Collaborative, this analysis of the primary care provider shortage in Colorado is intended to inform policymakers, health care professionals, workforce experts, educators and others. Specifically, the report details six policy recommendations to help address the shortage in 2010—from enacting policies to support adequate reimbursement for primary care providers, to increasing public funding for health professions education programs and optimizing effectiveness of loan programs.
An interactive, searchable database of all of The Trust’s publications from its 30 years of serving Coloradans.