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The Colorado Health Foundation
Denver, CO
We work to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation by increasing the number of Coloradans with health insurance, ensuring they have access to quality, coordinated care and encouraging healthy living.
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By Jennifer Kelly An apple a day isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. During the Colorado Legacy Foundation’s fifth annual Legacy Luncheon, nearly 1,000 guests watched the debut of the Foundation’s latest awareness-raising video. The video reinforces the idea that healthier school lunches and more jumping jacks in gym... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2013 at Health Relay
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Editor’s note: This narrative appears in Colorado Kaleidoscope, a gallery of stories about the Colorado Health Foundation's grantees and the lives they impact. The piece was written by Tamera Manzanares of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association. Elsa Luna Cejudo is dressed in pink. Her hair is drawn up in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2013 at Health Relay
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Kim Ribich is the events manager of the Colorado Health Foundation. Just as the causes of childhood obesity are numerous and complex, so are the potential solutions. While much work is underway to curb this problem -- from banning the sale of sugary beverages in schools to addressing the issue... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2013 at Health Relay
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Keeping with its strategy of promoting healthy communities, the Colorado Health Foundation’s Board of Directors recently approved a $7.1 million grant to establish the Colorado Fresh Food Financing Fund (CO4F). This public-private partnership loan and grant fund will provide financial incentives for grocery stores and other food retailers in underserved... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2012 at Health Relay
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Our nation’s economy and health are intertwined. When people become sick or lose their jobs, they aren’t producing and generating income. The results are devastating to individuals, families, communities and the nation at large. By continuing down this road, we put greater burdens on our already taxed health systems and services, add to health care costs, and erode a healthy workforce essential to economic recovery. “Health Equity: Bridging the Divides,” the theme of the 2012 Colorado Health Symposium, challenges presenters and participants alike to examine policies and explore innovations that produce greater affordability, access and choice. If we can be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2012 at The Colorado Health Symposium
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Coby Gould is the executive director of the GrowHaus, an indoor urban farm and education center in Denver’s Elyria-Swansea neighborhood. Gould will participate in a panel discussion, “Where Law Shapes Behaviors: The Farm Bill and Obesity Prevention,” at the Colorado Health Symposium. What do a bag of Doritos and the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2011 at Health Relay
Leading-edge thinkers in health care policy will meet with leaders from the health care industry, government, business, academia and the nonprofit sector at the 2011 Colorado Health Symposium, July 27-29 at the Keystone Resort and Conference Center. Now celebrating its 30th year, this annual event is regarded as one of the top national policy conferences in the country. The theme of this year’s event is “State of Health: Seizing Opportunities, Achieving Results.” More than a full year after the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the historic and controversial legislation still faces scrutiny and legislative challenges. Many states are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2011 at The Colorado Health Symposium
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Chris Adams is president of Engaged Public, a consulting firm providing strategies for better policy. Colorado’s budget for the next fiscal year has a $1.1 billion gap -- requiring elected officials to make some of the toughest choices they’ve ever made. The reasons for the budget quandary are many and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2011 at Health Relay
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Kelly Dunkin is vice president of philanthropy for the Colorado Health Foundation. Editor’s note: This piece previously appeared in Health Policy Solutions, an online project of the Buechner Institute for Governance at the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. Check out Solutions’ Facebook page and Twitter... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2011 at Health Relay
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Shepard Nevel is vice president of Policy and Operations for the Colorado Health Foundation. Rarely has a single, simple legislative proposal touched on so many important strands of public policy as House Bill 1069, sponsored by Rep. Tom Massey, R-Poncha Springs. The bill would ensure that Colorado’s public elementary schools... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2011 at Health Relay
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Lorez Meinhold is director of health reform implementation and senior health policy analyst for the State of Colorado. Colorado worked with a diverse group of stakeholders to advance the vision of high-quality, affordable care for all. With the passage of the federal health care reform act, we gained another tool... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2011 at Health Relay
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Charles Reyman is vice president of Communications for the Colorado Health Foundation. When you receive services from health care professionals, would you rather be treated as a “patient” or a “person?” In a field where the human touch is critical, I believe the answer is clear. While perfectly appropriate in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2011 at Health Relay
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Marcy Morrison is the former insurance commissioner for the State of Colorado. Many things drive up the cost of health insurance, but the new health care reform act is not chief among them. With rate filings increasing by as much as 20 percent for individuals and small businesses, word spread... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2010 at Health Relay
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Stephen Holloway is director of the Primary Care Office at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. According to early estimates from the Colorado Health Institute, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 will provide a path to health insurance coverage for more than 540,000 of Colorado’s... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2010 at Health Relay
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Tim Byers, MD, MPH, is the assistant dean of the Colorado School of Public Health. His blog, “Tuesdays with Tim,” is posted frequently on the school’s website. I feel a little greasy. An hour ago, in preparation for this blog, I drove to a KFC and bought a “Double Down,”... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2010 at Health Relay
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Henry Sobanet is president of Colorado Strategies, a private consulting firm specializing in economics, Colorado budget issues, legislative affairs and strategic management. In 2004, he was appointed director of the Office of State Planning and Budgeting by Republican Gov. Bill Owens. If approved by voters, Amendments 60 and 61 and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2010 at Health Relay
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Colleen Church is a program officer for the Colorado Health Foundation’s Health Care team. Health care reform is likely to increase dramatically the number of people in Colorado with health insurance coverage. But will increased coverage translate into increased access? Without question, accessing care will require a robust health care... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2010 at Health Relay
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Sue Birch is the CEO of Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The agency is developing an integrated community health system in Craig, Steamboat Springs and Hayden. As a 20-year resident of Northwest Colorado and the CEO of an emerging integrated community health system, I am pleased... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2010 at Health Relay
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Annie Lee, JD, is a manager of the Medicaid Program Division of the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. As the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) continues toward its goal of improving health outcomes, the link between oral health and physical health underscores the need for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2010 at Health Relay
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Bob Mook is the editorial manager at the Colorado Health Foundation. As a busy father of four, I’m often tempted to pile up the van and head to the closest fast food restaurant when a time crunch strikes. But a few weeks ago, my wife suggested an idea that changed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2010 at Health Relay
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Helayne Jones is the executive director of the Colorado Legacy Foundation, which invests in promising strategies to improve public education. Without a doubt, healthy students and academic achievement go hand in hand. We know, for example, that obese students are more likely to have lower grade point averages. In Colorado,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2010 at Health Relay
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Annette Quintana is CEO of Istonish Inc., an IT services firm based in Denver. She also chairs the business engagement group of the Center for Improving Value in Health Care (or CIVHC), a grantee of the Colorado Health Foundation. Quintana offers additional insights into the business impact of health care... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2010 at Health Relay
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Dr. Brian Dwinnell, MD, is a general internist and director of Graduate Medical Education at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center. He also is an associate professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. If one needs a role model of the benefits of joint partnerships, look no further... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2010 at Health Relay
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Anne Warhover is the president and CEO of the Colorado Health Foundation. Whether you’re excited, anxious or downright confused about what’s happening in health care, Colorado is in many ways prepared to deal with the challenges set forth by the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Even when health care reform was little more than a public policy pipe dream, there were numerous examples of Colorado-grown initiatives admired by health care professionals across the country. That’s one reason I believe the Colorado Health Symposium (scheduled July 28-30) is an important event for health-related professionals and policymakers statewide and nationwide.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2010 at The Colorado Health Symposium
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Whether you’re excited, anxious or downright confused about what’s happening in health care, Colorado is in many ways prepared to deal with the challenges set forth by the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Even when health care reform was little more than a public policy pipe dream, there were numerous examples of Colorado-grown initiatives admired by health care professionals across the country. Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2010 at Health Relay