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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Gaining Ground

Funding Source(s):

  • National Network of Public Health Institutes
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Description:

This project is to create increased momentum and system-level support to help Colorado local public health agencies learn about and engage in quality improvement efforts, as well as prepare for national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board.

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Farm to School Task Force

Funding Source(s):

  • The Colorado Health Foundation
  • United States Department of Agriculture
  • National Network of Public Health Institutes

Description:

The Colorado Farm to School Task Force to create a statewide implementation of farm to school; thereby bringing healthy, fresh, local food to students in K-12 to improve the nutrition of school food and health of Colorado students. The FTS Task Force has identified specific gaps that the Task Force and its staff will address in order for farm to school to flourish in Colorado.

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CREA Results Partnership

Funding Source:

Susan G. Komen Colorado AARP

Description:

This is a public private partnership, with projects funded through a variety of mechanisms primarily for the collection and disbursement of funds related to activities related to community outreach, education, navigation and research by CREA Results and their promotores de salud team in Colorado. The overall project goal is to recruit, train and employ Promotores de Salud/Community Health Workers (who are members of the community fluent in and sensitive to the Latino language and culture) as a bridge between providers of health care services and the community. These Promotores de Salud will then provide culturally responsive breast health education [already approved by Susan G. Komen for the Cure] to underserved populations and reduce barriers to screening through behavior modification, self-empowerment and call to action.

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Colorado Prevention Alliance (CPA)

Funding Source(s)

  • Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Programs
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment

Description:

Formed in 2011, The Colorado Prevention Alliance’s goal is to form a partnership among Colorado health plans, public health entities, businesses and other stakeholders to work collaboratively on disease prevention issues and leverage resources to support collaborative endeavors. The CPA addresses a wide spectrum of prevention efforts; the direction will be determined by its stakeholders to ensure relevance, buy-in and active engagement. To promote informed decision-making and prioritization, the CPA will use a review of the National Business Coalition on Health’s evalu8 Request for Information and HEDIS data set results for Colorado health plans.

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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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