Past Projects

CFPHE’s Past Effort

CFPHE has managed over $10 million dollars of public and private funds to support worthwhile organizations and projects, including:

Rocky Mountain Public Health Education Consortium

Funding:

Membership and Trainings

Description:

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.

Systems of Care Initiative (SOCI)

Funding Source(s):

Poudre Valley Hospital Foundation

Description:

Committed to develop community-based programs to foster improved healthcare and patient satisfaction while helping to control healthcare costs in the Northern Colorado region.

Una Boca Saludable

Funding:

Caring for Colorado Foundation

Description:

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:

  1. To educate Spanish speaking Hispanic/Latino families in Denver about the importance of oral health care, utilizing the Health Promotora model.
  2. To train 25 Spanish speaking Health Promotoras on basic evidence-based oral health care skills and information.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Blending and Braiding Your TANF Initiative (BBYT) (2)

Funding:

The Colorado Department of Human Service’s Colorado Works Division is funding the BBYT Initiative with a grant from the Statewide Strategic Use Fund.

Description:

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.

BBYT Partners:

  • 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

Spanish/English Promotora Training & Community Outreach: Cancer Focus

Funding Source:

CDPHE: Office of Health Disparities: Health Disparities Grant Program

Description:

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.

Oral Health Coalition

Funding Source:

Various

Description:

Collaboration of multiple organizations interested in oral health issues in Colorado.

Collaborating to Conquer Colorectal Cancer in Colorado

Funding Source:

Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, and Pulmonary Disease (CCPD) Competitive Grants Program Funding was Discontinued due to State Budget Crisis.

Description:

Education of Colorado Citizens to increase colorectal cancer screening

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

Center for Healthy Living

Funding Source:

Various

Description:

Colloboration with the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment to house resources for trainings and activities of the Center for Healthy Living.

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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