This brief highlights the initial findings of the 2011 Colorado Health Access Survey (CHAS), an extensive survey of health insurance, access and utilization in Colorado. The findings highlighted in this brief include the numbers of uninsured and underinsured Coloradans; effects of cost, unemployment and a weak economy; and the impact of uninsurance on Coloradans' ability to access and utilize health care services.
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 highlights findings about health insurance status and health care use among Colorado's young adults, based on the 2011 Colorado Health Access Survey (CHAS). The analysis shows that this age group has the highest rate of uninsurance in Colorado. It also provides insights into why they are uninsured, and the impact that being uninsured has on their ability to access care.
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 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.
Conducted by the Colorado Health Institute—with support from The Colorado Trust and the Caring for Colorado Foundation—this study was used to inform legislative discussion in the 2009 session. Among other recommendations, findings suggest that policymakers consider: reimbursement policies to enhance the use of dental hygienists in areas where oral health access is lacking; more prescriptive authority for advance practice nurses (APNs); delivery of health care through interdisciplinary teams including physicians, APNs and other health care professionals; requiring insurers to disclose to the Colorado Insurance Commissioner their reimbursement policies for allied health professionals providing identical services to physicians and dentists; and, through demonstration projects, testing the effectiveness, safety and quality of care provided by advance practice nurses, physician assistants and dental hygienists as primary health care providers in medically underserved areas of Colorado.
Summarizes The Colorado Trust's effort to help hospitals across the state strengthen their quality improvement systems to further ensure patient safety. The report includes an overview of the six interventions proven to ensure safe patient care, as well as lessons learned and success stories.
This look at the state's 55- to 65-year-old population provides insights into how senior-serving organizations and agencies can better plan, prepare and address the needs of the growing number of Coloradans approaching retirement. This sizeable group—nearly half a million strong—offers unique opportunities to communities, employers and charities through their considerable knowledge, skills and enthusiasm. At the same time, there are significant challenges that require change and adaptation to provide aging boomers with adequate health care and coverage, employment, education and service opportunities.
An overview of the first six years of the Colorado Healthy Communities Initiative, including key lessons learned about the healthy community process.
Describes projects of The Trust's Colorado Healthy Communities Initiative—including differing levels of success—and analyzes the differences between successful versus less successful projects, and active versus inactive projects over a decade.
An interactive, searchable database of all of The Trust’s publications from its 30 years of serving Coloradans.