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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 Catherine Greife As a student or professional, it is easy to focus on simply getting your job done. But the Colorado Health Symposium gave me an opportunity to remember the big picture in health and health care. As a Symposium U scholar who took part in the three-day conference,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2013 at Health Relay
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By Kindle Fahlenkamp Morell Editor's note: Excerpts from this posting were taken from a two-part Q&A on GroundFloor Media's Blog. Whether you're following the 2013 Colorado Health Symposium online or in person, our social media strategy aims to move the discussions at the Symposium beyond the walls of the Keystone... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2013 at Health Relay
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By Ed McMahon What do Arvada, Lamar and Westwood share in common? Like many communities throughout Colorado (and nationwide), they are trying to improve residents' health by making the environment more conducive for physical activity – whether it's playing, walking or riding a bike or any combination of the above.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2013 at Health Relay
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By Kyle Legleiter and Cassidy Smith After an eventful 120 days, Colorado's 2013 legislative session officially ended earlier this month. Overall, it was an unusual session with lawmakers tackling controversial topics such as school finance, civil unions, gun safety and recreational marijuana. Though health didn't dominate the headlines of the... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2013 at Health Relay
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Bob Mook is the editorial manager of the Colorado Health Foundation. For most people, life as they know it seems to be carrying on despite the massive sequestration on federal spending that went into effect on March 1, 2013. Triggered after Congress and President Obama failed to reach an agreement... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2013 at Health Relay
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Edward T. McMahon is the senior fellow for Sustainable Development at the Urban Land Institute (ULI). He was the chair of the Colorado Healthy Communities panel in Arvada. Is your neighborhood conducive to good health? Wherever you live or work, are you able to get to parks, trails, town centers... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2013 at Health Relay
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Editor's note: This posting originally appeared in Health Policy Solutions. Michele Lueck is president and CEO of Colorado Health Institute. In college basketball, being No. 1 means winning the Final Four. In cinema, it means taking home an Oscar. But when it comes to Colorado's health, being No. 1 could... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2013 at Health Relay
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Liliana Tenney is the co-director of Health Links Colorado at the Center for Worker Health and Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health. With National Public Health Week upon us, promoting safety and health in the workplace is an essential ingredient toward improving the overall well-being of Coloradans. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2013 at Health Relay
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Summer Gathercole is the Colorado state director of Share Our Strength. No child should go hungry. Yet, more than one in four Colorado kids struggle with hunger. In fact, more than 270,000 of them start their school day with an empty belly. And learning suffers. Teachers see the effects of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2013 at Health Relay
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Erica Snow is the senior program officer of Health Coverage for the Colorado Health Foundation. Many Colorado children are going "back to school" for their health care needs. That's because Colorado's 55 school-based health centers (SBHCs) provide accessible, affordable and high-quality physical, behavioral and oral health care to a steadily... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2013 at Health Relay
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Sally Schaefer is chair of the Colorado Health Foundation's Board of Directors. Meeting the needs of an aging population is a hefty challenge that demands innovative, homegrown solutions. Communities can tackle that challenge by focusing on what's "big enough to matter but small enough to solve." Unfortunately, too often our... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2013 at Health Relay
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Anne Warhover is president and CEO of the Colorado Health Foundation. Editor's note: This piece originally appeared in the winter 2013 edition of Health Elevations, the Foundation's quarterly journal. No matter where you live in America, you are entitled to what Thomas Jefferson eloquently called life, liberty and the pursuit... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2013 at Health Relay
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Editor's note: This posting original appeared in Health Policy Solutions. Charles Brown is president of Charles Brown Consulting, a public policy and economic consulting firm, and director of Colorado State University's Colorado Futures Center. When the Colorado Health Foundation commissioned my team to study the economic and budgetary impacts of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2013 at Health Relay
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Cody Belzley is vice president of health initiatives for the Colorado Children's Campaign. Editor's note: Portions of this posting previously appeared as an opinion piece in Health Policy Solutions. In December of 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services once again recognized Colorado as a national leader in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2013 at Health Relay
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Cassidy Smith and Kyle Legleiter are public policy officers for the Colorado Health Foundation. To advance our vision, the Colorado Health Foundation supports public policy that promotes Healthy Living, provides Health Coverage and ensures that all Coloradans have access to coordinated and high-quality Health Care. According to the Colorado Health... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2013 at Health Relay
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Bob Mook is the editorial manager of the Colorado Health Foundation. Like other futurists, Eric Meade thinks of the future in the plural. "We say we're a 'futures' organization because there isn't just one," said Meade, senior futurist and vice president of the Institute for Alternative Futures, based in Alexandria,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2013 at Health Relay
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Chris Adams is the president of Engaged Public, which leads the statewide implementation of TBD Colorado. During his 2012 State of the State address, Gov. John Hickenlooper invoked Abraham Lincoln when he said, "With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it, nothing can succeed." The governor then went on to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2012 at Health Relay
With support from the Colorado Legacy Foundation, Manitou Springs students found confidence and self-worth in rock climbing through the CliffHangers Club. In the latest Colorado Kaleidoscope video submission, participants demonstrate the rock-climbing skills they picked up at the CliffHangers Club and share how the program provided an outlet for relieving... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2012 at Health Relay
When Lathy's daughter Maliea needed unexpected treatment, she found affordable care and emotional support through Doctors Care. Located in Littleton, Doctors Care is a nonprofit that has helped underserved children, adults and families access the medical attention they need since 1988. In the latest Colorado Kaleidoscope video submission, Lathy sometimes... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2012 at Health Relay
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Joan Henneberry is a principal of Health Management Associates, a national health policy research and consulting firm. If people were busy with health reform implementation before the election, hold onto your hats. Now that it appears we'll be "staying the course" with the Affordable Care Act, expect a great deal... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2012 at Health Relay
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Phil Kalin is president and CEO of Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC), a nonprofit, bipartisan organization dedicated to supporting efforts to improve population health, enhance health care quality and contain costs. Editor's note: A longer version of this post appears on CIVHC's blog, Voices on Value. Nov.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2012 at Health Relay
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Anne Warhover is the president and CEO of the Colorado Health Foundation. Editor's note: This piece appeared in the fall 2012 edition of Health Elevations, the Colorado Health Foundation's quarterly journal. When I started work at the Colorado Health Foundation, I had no clue what "public health" meant. Then, a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2012 at Health Relay
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Jim Sugden is manager of the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) for the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange. It's that time again. Colorado employers and their insurance brokers are gearing up for health plan open-enrollment season. It's time to review new rates, consider new plan options and organize their communications... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2012 at Health Relay
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Chris Adams is a physical education teacher at Steamboat Springs Middle School. There's much more to gym class these days than "dodgeball" and "duck, duck, goose." In fact, what most adults and parents associate with their physical education experiences growing up are very different from the teaching models stressed in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2012 at Health Relay
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Kelly Dunkin is the vice president of Philanthropy for the Colorado Health Foundation. Editor's note: This commentary originally appeared in Health Policy Solutions. In recent years, a growing body of evidence strongly suggests that healthy places are conducive to healthier people. For example, a study published in the American Journal... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2012 at Health Relay