Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) via the Colorado School of Public Health
The Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment through our program, the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership (RIHEL), and the Colorado Association of Local Public Health Organizations (CALPHO) provides training and leadership support in two specific ways: through our administrative partnership program and our staff expertise to develop trainings.
Membership and Trainings
The Rocky Mountain Public Health Education Consortium is a multi-state entity whose mission is to develop and implement a regional collaboration of university faculty and state agency Maternal and Child Health programs to improve the health status of and eliminate health disparities among women, children and families, including those with special health care needs. This is done by increasing the knowledge, skills, competencies and capacity of professionals, organizations and systems in the Rocky Mountain and surrounding states and Tribal Nations within the region. The consortium works to assure an educational network that includes but is not limited to the following programs: staff development, continuing education, certification and graduate degrees in Public Health with an emphasis in Maternal and Child Health. As a result of participation in the Consortium, MCH staff at CDPHE and in local public health agencies in Colorado will benefit from quality educational conferences, distance learning video workshops, written self-teaching modules and graduate level classroom sessions that the consortium produces.
National Institute of Health via Colorado Clinical Translational Science Institute (CCTSI); The CCTSI Community Engagement Core is supported by NIH/NCRR Colorado CTSI Grant Number UL1 RR025780.
The Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) is a collaborative enterprise between University of Colorado Denver, University of Colorado at Boulder, six affiliated hospitals and health care organizations, and multiple community organizations with a goal to accelerate the translation of research discoveries into improved patient care and public health. The CCTSI was created in 2008 with funding from the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) initiative of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Community Engagement is critical to increase the reach, effectiveness, adoption, implementation, and maintenance of clinical and translational research. Accordingly, the Community Engagement (CE) Core of the CCTSI endeavors to transform the existing community research infrastructure using community-based participatory research (CBPR) principles while building capacity in our community-academic partnerships. Our ultimate goal is to reduce health disparities in the Rocky Mountain Region through targeted investments in community translational research, followed by wider dissemination of successful practices. A dynamic Partnership of Academicians and Communities for Translation (PACT) guides the work of the CE Core while facilitating bidirectional exchange between communities and academic programs. The CE Core has engaged 20 existing community-academic partnerships in the PACT, which encompasses more than 4 million community members, including rural, minority and underserved populations.
While CFPHE manages all the funds that are going into the community for this program using our Administrative Partnership program, CFPHE also oversees a Community Research Liaison (CRL) Program. CRLs work in diverse communities in urban and rural Colorado. CRLs respectfully engage communities to address the needs of communities, partners, patients, and health providers in order to cultivate relationships between academic researchers and individuals within a population and subpopulations so that they can identify community health priorities and design locally relevant studies that address real community, partner, patient and health provider needs.
Patient Centered Outcomes and Research Institute (PCORI)
PCORI was authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 as a non-profit, nongovernmental organization and is charged with helping patients, clinicians, purchasers, and policy makers make better-informed health decisions by “advancing the quality and relevance of evidence about how to prevent, diagnose, treat, monitor, and manage diseases, disorders, and other health conditions.”
PCORI’s Pipeline to Proposal Awards (also called Pipeline Awards), a progressive, three-tiered funding approach, aims to accelerate research proposal submission and dissemination and to develop a nationwide foundation of patients, stakeholders, and researchers equipped and eager to participate in patient-centered outcomes research.
Because PCORI has a limited headquarters workforce, the operational, programmatic, and fiscal duties associated with Tier I Pipeline Awards was awarded to CFPHE because of our significant research capacity building and award management experience (e.g., grant and contract award administration).
PCORI contracted with five nonprofit organizations to serve as Pipeline Award Program Offices that will support the initiative nationwide and provide awardees with technical assistance and guidance. Four of the program offices will provide regional support:
- Eastern states: Health Resources in Action, Boston
- Midwestern states: Michigan Public Health Institute, Lansing
- Southern states: Georgia Health Policy Center, Atlanta
- Western states: Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment, Denver
In addition, the National Network of Public Health Institutes in Washington, DC, will serve as a national program office, assisting with projects that extend beyond a single region.
The five organizations all have public health, healthcare, or research familiarity as well as experience in research capacity-building and award management. By supporting and managing the efforts of Pipeline to Proposal awardees in their regions, the Pipeline Award Program Offices advance the development of partnerships leading to teams ready and able to propose and conduct patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR).
Specifically, the Pipeline Award Program Offices:
- Assist awardees in developing communities, creating infrastructure and strategic planning,
- Assist awardees in reporting their progress and PCORI in its progress evaluations,
- Share lessons learned and collaboratively problem-solve as the projects progress,
- Expand PCOR across the country by tapping into their regional knowledge and networks of organizations experienced in local, regional, and national health advocacy.
Poudre Valley Hospital Foundation
Committed to develop community-based programs to foster improved healthcare and patient satisfaction while helping to control healthcare costs in the Northern Colorado region.
Caring for Colorado Foundation
Evolve Communications began the Una Boca Saludable project in May 2008 with a grant from the Dental Trade Alliance Foundation. Since that time, the project has been funded by The Colorado Health Foundation and the Caring for Colorado Foundation. Now with a fresh round of funding from Caring for Colorado, the project will continue its objective to reach Spanish speaking Latinos in Denver with vital oral health care information. The first two project phases were based on outreach utilizing mass media. However for this phase, the project will employ a different methodology, utilizing the skills and cultural competence of Health Promotoras (female Spanish speaking lay health workers) to teach basic evidence based oral health care skills at five Hispanic/Latino serving community based organizations. Evolve Communications will be joined on this project by Total Oral Prevention Strategies (TOPS) and CREA Results. Together, they are the project partners.
The project goals are as follows:
- To educate Spanish speaking Hispanic/Latino families in Denver about the importance of oral health care, utilizing the Health Promotora model.
- To train 25 Spanish speaking Health Promotoras on basic evidence-based oral health care skills and information.
- The newly trained promotoras will then work with five partner organizations to train a minimum of 100 community members (women, their children and other family members and caregivers) on basic evidence-based oral health care skills.
- Trained community members will be encouraged to host educational events at church, school, and community gatherings, to disseminate their learning to other members of the community. The project partners will support up to 20 such events by the end of July, 2010.
- As part of these activities, a 5-minute video in English and Spanish will be created to demonstrate the skills and knowledge base offered by the project. The video will enable the partners and community organizers to continue to disseminate information once the project has ended.
The Colorado Department of Human Service’s Colorado Works Division is funding the BBYT Initiative with a grant from the Statewide Strategic Use Fund.
The Blending and Braiding Your TANF Initiative (BBYT) is an opportunity for local communities to collaborate and learn to use multiple funding streams to support evidence-based and best practice services, while maintaining the transparency and accountability required by Temporary Assistance for Need Family (TANF)’s outcome-focused funding stream.
Goals & Activities:
- Research federal and state eligibility requirements and regulations to clarify what uses of TANF funds are permitted and how to maintain compliance while using TANF funds;
- Work with 6 demonstration counties to provide technical assistance to create individualized, Colorado Works Division approved braiding plans with TANF and one or more additional funding streams to serve low income families; and
- Develop concrete tools and provide statewide training to prepare any interested county to fully use their TANF dollars and braid them with other relevant funding streams.
- The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, where the project director is housed;
- The Colorado Systems of Care Collaborative, as the advisory group;
- The Family Resource Center Association, family advocacy organizations, and local counties to provide insight, expertise, and implementation opportunities;
- The Center for Systems Integration, to provide staff support and fiscal coordination expertise; and
- The Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment is the fiscal agent
CDPHE: Office of Health Disparities: Health Disparities Grant Program
This multi-faceted project to help reduce cancer health disparities among the Spanish speaking Latino community in the cities of Colorado Springs, Peyton, and Calhan in El Paso County and Avondale in Pueblo County.
Collaboration of multiple organizations interested in oral health issues in Colorado.