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CIPAC LIVE Initiative

(Colorado Influenza and Pneumococcal Alert Coalition / Latino Influenza Vaccination and Education)

Funding Source:

Various including Colorado Health Foundation

Description:

The ClPAC LIVE lnitiative will provide educational outreach to the Latino community which will assist them in understandina the importance of preventative care, such as influenza immunizations. and how this type of care provides improved opportunities to remain healthv. Bv providinq influenza immunizations to school ane chitdren, and their families, we hope to positively impact the lifestvle of this population in Colorado.

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Colorado LINKS

Funding Source:

Colorado Health Foundation

Description:

The Colorado Foundation for Public Health and Environment requested and received two years of funding on behalf of the LINKS Initiative to implement Colorado’s Behavioral Health Action Plan for Children, Youth, and Their Families. The plan promotes a shared policy agenda for state agencies, consumer advocacy groups, legislators, and other leaders in the behavioral health system.

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Study to Explore Early Development (“SEED”)

Funding:

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Description:

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is one of six sites funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct a research study to investigate the risk factors and causes of Autism Spectrum Disorders. CDPHE has partnered with JFK Partners at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center to conduct the study. The Study to Explore Early Development (SEED) is asking families of children with ASD, other developmental disabilities, and typically developing children to participate in the study. We are planning to recruit 150 families in each group (450 families total).

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Think About It!

Funding:

COPIC

Description:

Think About It Colorado is a public awareness campaign designed to spark a statewide conversation about patient safety and to drive reform in this critical area. The campaign, which has brought together a coalition of dedicated and knowledgeable leaders from the patient advocacy, health care and business communities, asks Coloradans to “Imagine a Safer and Healthier Colorado” because that’s the first step towards making it a reality. Think About It Colorado’s mission is to promote statewide awareness of patient safety concerns and opportunities and to engage consumers and health providers in fostering a culture of patient safety.

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Encrucijada: Sin Salud, No Hay Nada (Crossroads: Without Health, There Is Nothing)

Funding:

The Colorado Health Foundation

Description:

The Encrucijada project began in 2007 with a conversation. Anne Smith, Evolve Communications, Joanne Lindsay, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, and Christine Dauchot, Maximus/CHP+ Marketing were interested in replicating an idea they’d heard about on NPR. The Baltimore Child Health Plan had used an 8-minute telenovela – a Spanish language soap opera – to educate Spanish speakers about navigating the public health care system. The novela was never aired publicly. The group wanted to expand on the idea and create a full series focused on enrollment in public health insurance and health promotion and disease prevention.

Estimates show that 72 percent of Colorado’s children who are eligible for Medicaid and CHP+ are Hispanic. The novela was an ideal means for communicating the value of public health insurance to Spanish speaking parents, including information about how to apply for CHP+ and Medicaid, and about a variety of chronic disease issues that disproportionately affect the Hispanic community.

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Colorado Cancer Coalition (CCC)

The Colorado Cancer Coalition (CCC) is a unique gathering of organizations and individuals with interest in the prevention and control of cancer in Colorado. The CCC dedicates itself to achieving increased prevention, research, early detection, and improved treatment of cancer for all Coloradoans in the coming decade. For More Information Please visit the CCC Website

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Regional Health Connectors

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Regional Health Connectors use community and practice engagement to cultivate partnerships by bridging resources and systems to build healthier communities and healthier practices. This is accomplished through:

  • Practice engagement in practice transformation and quality improvement activities to reach the Quadruple Aim to improve health care, patient experience, and clinician and staff experience at a decreased cost
  • Partnership development to connect practices to community resources
  • Community Engagement to connect practice workforce into community-level activities related to the Social Determinants of Health

Regional Health Connectors (RHCs) are deployed across Colorado as a part of the Colorado Health Extension System (CHES). The Extension System, a multi-stakeholder collaborative, creates a statewide infrastructure to support and coordinate practice transformation and to connect primary care to local public health and community organizations for community health improvement initiatives. The RHCs provide a bridge between practice transformation and community health improvement efforts, building on potential synergies and avoiding duplication of effort.

RHCs serve as liaisons to physician offices, public health and community organizations. They provide linkages among the various components of the healthcare delivery system (with a particular focus on primary care), practice transformation organizations, public health system, community organizations, state, county and city agencies, and the academic health system. One function is to build relationships with primary care practices to make them aware of the resources available to help them evolve to new models of care deliver and compensation.

Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment is one of the local host organizations supported by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality through the EvidenceNOW program. EvidenceNOW Southwest (ENSW) is a collaborative of Colorado and New Mexico designed to help small and medium size primary care practices in Colorado and New Mexico with a particular focus on improving how they deal with cardiovascular risks. In addition to Regional Health Connectors, the project includes multiple practice transformation organizations (PTOs), which support practices in this type of effort.

Regional Health Connectors are being deployed in a joint effort of the Colorado Public Health Institutes*. For more information on other projects of the Regional Health Connector Program visit CHI’s RHC page.

For more information, please visit the EvidenceNOW Southwest website here.

*Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment and the Colorado Health Institute

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CFPHE

Contact Information:

  • Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment
  • 1385 South Colorado Blvd, Suite A622
  • Denver, CO 80222
  • Phone: 303-910-4682
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