The Autism Society of Colorado was founded in 1970 to fight for the right of students with autism to attend public schools. Our mission is to promote the quality of life for people with autism spectrum disorders and their families. The Autism Society of Colorado is the premiere information and referral source for autism information in Colorado; advocates for systems change to benefit all Coloradoans affected by autism; and develops support programs to help meet the needs of individual and families in Colorado affected by autism.
Clínica Tepeyac was created in 1995 to serve Metro Denver's uninsured Latinos and to empower families to be proactive with regard to their own health in a culturally specific manner. Clínica Tepeyac is a model for transforming the way in which health services are delivered to the underserved and to culturally diverse communities.
We are working on behalf of the medically
underserved, to the benefit of all.
perspective on bringing health care to all Coloradans spans from local, on-the-ground involvement within communities to high-level strategic talks with policymakers.
We share with state leaders the needs of the people, and we share with
community leaders our knowledge about how to work within the system to get
One of our greatest strengths is our diverse array
of knowledge and experience —from the Capitol to the efforts of local
At CCMU, we activate our expertise and our
network of connections to identify shared aspirations, come to agreement on
tactics, plan courses of action, and create real differences. We hold a unique
position as an advocate for the underserved. We do not receive more or less
funding based on decisions made, so we are able to truly work for best
practices and the most sustainable solutions without any outside agenda.
HealthOP Colorado HealthOP is Colorado’s first
statewide nonprofit health insurance cooperative (CO-OP). Colorado HealthOP was
established in response to the growing demand for feasible, affordable
healthcare for individuals and small businesses throughout the Rocky Mountain
a board of directors and executive team that have more than 330 years of
combined healthcare experience, Colorado HealthOP knows what it takes to build
a new alternative to the traditional health insurance model — one that is
focused on people, not profits.
a member-driven health plan, we give our members a voice in their healthcare
and reward healthy behaviors. We strive to pay for quality medical care as
efficiently as possible, support and improve individual health, and decrease healthcare
costs for our members.
Colorado HealthOP was
formed as a nonprofit organization in March 2012 and approved for federal
funding within the Affordable Care Act in July 2012. Sponsored
the health of Colorado’s immigrant communities through culturally and
linguistically appropriate prevention, health education, wellness activities,
early detection, and self-management of disease.
Increase access to health services through
comprehensive medical care and patient navigation at our Community Clinic for
all multi-ethnic populations using a medical home model.
What CASBHC Does
The Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care
(CASBHC) builds capacity for the provision of integrated physical,
behavioral and oral health care to children and youth in Colorado schools. As a
non-profit organization, CASBHC supports existing and emerging school-based
health centers through policy development and advocacy, training and technical
assistance, and quality improvement projects.
The Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care will
be the leader in promoting health equity through access to health care in
schools for children and youth.
Keeping children healthy, in school, and ready to learn.
Our Core Values
We believe that every child should receive the
care necessary to optimize health and wellness.
We believe that access to school-based health care will
improve health equity among children and youth.
We believe that good health is essential for student
We believe that school-based health centers are uniquely
positioned to help students and families gain the knowledge and skills needed
to make healthy choices.
We believe school-based health centers are a
Bright Beginnings founded in 1995, is an organization dedicated to the healthy growth and development of Colorado children. Without regard to ethnicity, income or age, parents are educated with high quality, developmentally appropriate materials and tools, focusing on the critical first three years to enable children to reach their full potential to succeed in school and throughout life.
The Colorado Children's Campaign works
to create hope and opportunity in Colorado, more than one million kids at a
The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a
nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed for 28 years to creating
hope and opportunity for all of Colorado’s more than 1.2 million kids. Using
the most accurate, compelling data and research on child well-being and backed
by an extensive, statewide network of dedicated child advocates, the Children’s
Campaign champions policies and programs that improve child health, early
childhood experiences, and K-12 education, help lift children out of poverty
and provide all of Colorado’s children the opportunity to reach their full
Read our 2011-2013 Strategic
Framework to learn more about our work.
Specifically, we work to ensure all of
Colorado’s kids have access to:
• High-quality and affordable health care
and the healthy food and environments they need to grow up strong.
• High-quality and affordable early childhood care
and education, so they can start school ready to
• High-quality K-12 education they
need to graduate from high school, prepared for success in higher education,
the workforce and life.
As the leading voice for Colorado’s
children at the state Capitol and in communities across the state, the
Children’s Campaign has been at the forefront of hundreds of policy wins for
kids. Among the numerous laws and programs we’ve helped establish are the
Colorado Preschool Program, Child Health Plan Plus and the Great Teachers and
The mission of the
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless is to work collaboratively toward the
prevention of homelessness and the creation of lasting solutions for homeless
and at-risk families, children, and individuals throughout Colorado.
Coalition advocates for and provides a continuum of housing and a variety
of services to improve the health, well-being and stability of those it serves.
founding more than 25 years ago, the organization has earned state
and national recognition for its integrated healthcare, housing and service
comprehensive approach addresses the causes of homelessness, as well as the
consequences, offering critical assistance to over 15,000 individuals and
families each year.
Our Philosophy of Service
We believe all people have the right to adequate housing and healthcare. We
work to remove the barriers that restrict access to these rights. Society
benefits when adequate housing and healthcare are available to everyone.
We create lasting solutions to homelessness by:
1. Honoring the inherent dignity of those
we serve, affirming their capabilities and fostering their hope that a better
life is possible.
2. Building strong, caring communities
through the integration of housing, healthcare and supportive services;
3. Advocating for social equity and
challenging the status quo on behalf of the individuals and families we
4. Achieving excellence through continuous
quality assurance, innovation and professional development; and
5. Using resources judiciously and effectively.
is a statewide, non-partisan, non-profit coalition of organizational and
individual members, representing well over 500,000 Coloradans. CCHI acts as a
representative of the policy and advocacy priorities of our members at the
legislature and in the community to influence and shape effective health care
policy on behalf of consumers.
Mission: CCHI works to achieve barrier-free access
to quality and affordable health care for all Coloradans.
Vision: CCHI will help create the best possible
consumer-focused health care system in Colorado to cover the most people while
taking advantage of the opportunities introduced by federal health care reform.
Strategy: CCHI brings a consumer voice to inform
and influence health care policy in Colorado with expertise in private market
insurance and understanding of the intersection between private market
insurance, public health insurance and the uninsured.
Our Strategic Sweet Spot:
As a leader in private health care advocacy work, CCHI serves as a catalyst and
coordinator for its member organizations, their staffs and foundation
stakeholders. This role benefits CCHI’s target customer, in addition to policy
makers and community leaders, as we are a unified voice for the consumer
throughout the policy making process.
CCHI influences policy through legislation, rules, regulations and other
strategies regarding private health insurance and access to quality, affordable
care. CCHI represents the consumer as an equal stakeholder to inform the policy
making process, from policy formulation to evaluation of effective
implementation. In doing so, CCHI strategically engages with members and strengthens
their capacity, building a credible narrative and basis for collaboration.
CCHI makes a statewide impact by means of our expertise in private insurance
and understanding of the intersection with public health insurance and the uninsured.
With this knowledge foundation, through the diversity and input of members,
CCHI can clearly capture the big picture and deliver a unified consumer voice.
With an engaged member base, CCHI operates pragmatically, effectively and
substantively to make a systemic impact.
work will be finished when all Coloradans have access to quality, affordable
health care. Getting the care you need, when you need it, is not too much
to ask. Working together, we can move Colorado closer to that common-sense
The mission of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
is to protect and improve the health of Colorado’s people and the quality of
Colorado will be the healthiest state with the highest
quality environment. The department will continue to work closely with our local
public health and environmental health partners to make Colorado the healthiest
place to live, and a place that offers its residents and visitors the highest
quality environment. The department will serve as the recognized leader that
sets the agenda for public health and environmental quality in the state. The
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will be a model of
efficiency in governmental processes by using creative and innovative means to
achieve desired health and environmental improvements. The department is the
place to work to make a difference in public health and environmental quality.
DEPART OF HEALTH CARE POLICY & FINANCING
mission of the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing is to improve
health care access and outcomes for the people we serve while
demonstrating sound stewardship of financial resources.
Principles- How we do our business internally, and externally
Empower clients to make good health care choices incorporating prevention and
Purchase and manage medically necessary and
appropriate services to achieve value for the clients and the public.
Treat providers, clients, advocacy groups,
counties, and other units of government as partners.
Provide honest and complete information to
the public and to each other.
Assess, evaluate, and continuously improve
the quality of our work.
Vision- Four years from now
The Governor, policymakers, local and federal
partners trust and respect Department management.
Consumers and advocates are confident that
individuals are being treated fairly in determining eligibility and benefits.
Department staff routinely work in
collaboration with other state agencies to share data and resources, solve
problems, and use best practices to implement initiatives and programs.
Providers are eager and willing to work with
the Department, and to serve families and individuals enrolled in public
Turnover of key personnel is minimal, and the
Department is able to keep and attract bright, enthusiastic, and talented
professionals for public service.
Taxpayers are confident that dollars appropriated
to the Department are being spent wisely, and that the Department is focused on
efforts consistent with its mission and goals.
Vendors and contractors are treated as
partners, held accountable, are rewarded for success and creating savings, and
take responsibility for failure and improvement.
Institute for Healthcare Communication (IHC) advances the quality of healthcare
by optimizing the experience and process of healthcare communication.
Creating and disseminating
innovative educational programs and services
Advocating for the importance of
communication as an essential aspect of healthcare
Engaging in collaborative research
on communication in healthcare
Partnering with other leading organizations
that share our vision
§ Hospitals, group practices and other healthcare
organizations who want their patients to have better and more satisfying health
outcomes by providing patient-centered care;
§ Charitable foundations that wish to serve their communities
by improving healthcare delivery to patients with diabetes and other chronic
§ Risk managers and medical malpractice insurers who want to
lower the risk of lawsuits arising from poor communication between clinicians and
patients (the single largest factor in newly filed actions);
§ Healthcare researchers whose area of study involves
clinicians who need to initiate new, novel, or unfamiliar topics with their
§ Clinicians and other healthcare professionals in human and
veterinary medicine who recognize that patients/clients and clinicians are more
satisfied when good communication guides the encounter
Collaborating with our partners, our
mission is to design and deliver high quality human and health services that
improve the safety, independence, and well-being of the people of
The people of Colorado are safe, healthy, and prepared to achieve their
The Colorado Department
of Human Services will:
Make decisions with, and
act in the best interests of, the people we serve because Colorado's success
depends on their well-being.
Share information, seek input, and explain our actions because we value
accountability and transparency.
Manage our resources efficiently because we value responsible stewardship.
Promote a positive work environment to support and develop employees, because
their performance is essential to Colorado’s success.
Meaningfully engage our partners and the people we serve because we must work
together to achieve the best outcomes.
Commit to continuous learning because Coloradans deserve effective solutions
today and forward-looking innovation for tomorrow.
For more information, please click
on the How Do I button
on the CDHS home page.
Colorado Rural Health Center
Colorado Rural Health Center (CRHC) is Colorado's nonprofit State Office of
Rural Health. CRHC works with Federal, state and local partners to offer
services and resources to rural healthcare providers, facilities and
communities. We have a diverse and inclusive statewide constituency of over
3,500 people and organizations.
Colorado Rural Health Center was established in 1991 by members of the Colorado
Rural Health Consortium with start-up support from the Federal Office of Rural
Health Policy and several other public and private organizations around the
state. CRHC was developed as a nonprofit organization and is one of only three
nonprofit offices of rural health in the country.
mission is to enhance healthcare services in the state by providing
information, education, linkages, tools, and energy toward addressing rural
health issues. Our vision is to improve healthcare services available in rural
communities to ensure that all rural Coloradans have access to comprehensive,
affordable, high quality healthcare.
Funding and Equipment CRHC supplies organizations with funds and equipment, such
as workforce-enhancing loan repayment or scholarships; Federally-granted
medical equipment; or technical assistance grants to rural hospitals and
communities. We are both a grantor and grantee.
Workforce Support Many of our programs and resources aim to address the
healthcare workforce shortage in rural Colorado. We provide recruitment and
retention services and connect communities with loan repayment options for
Educational Opportunities CRHC offers workshops, training programs, and technical
assistance to facilities and communities, such as coding, billing, quality
improvement, compliance assistance, and an expanded grant writing program. We
host Colorado’s Annual Rural Health Conference(s) and the annual Rural Health
Clinics Forum, which bring together people and organizations to learn and share
information and best practices.
Referrals & Advocacy We develop and distribute information on rural health issues. With
our extensive network of partners in the public and private sectors, we are
able to provide advice, assistance, referrals, and support for rural health
needs. In addition, we advocate on behalf of rural health to change state and
Harm Reduction Coalition
Harm Reduction Coalition was founded in 1993 and
incorporated in 1994 by a working group of needle exchange providers, advocates
and drug users. Today, we are strengthened by an extensive and diverse network
of allies who challenge the persistent stigma faced by people who use drugs and
advocate for policy and public health reform.
Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at
reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm Reduction is also
a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights
of people who use drugs.
Harm reduction incorporates a spectrum of strategies from
safer use, to managed use to abstinence to meet drug users “where they’re at,”
addressing conditions of use along with the use itself. Because harm reduction
demands that interventions and policies designed to serve drug users reflect
specific individual and community needs, there is no universal definition of or
formula for implementing harm reduction.
However, HRC considers the following principles central to
harm reduction practice.
Accepts, for better and or worse,
that licit and illicit drug use is part of our world and chooses to work to
minimize its harmful effects rather than simply ignore or condemn them.
Understands drug use as a complex,
multi-faceted phenomenon that encompasses a continuum of behaviors from severe
abuse to total abstinence, and acknowledges that some ways of using drugs are
clearly safer than others.
Establishes quality of individual and
community life and well-being–not necessarily cessation of all drug use–as the
criteria for successful interventions and policies.
Calls for the non-judgmental,
non-coercive provision of services and resources to people who use drugs and
the communities in which they live in order to assist them in reducing
Ensures that drug users and those
with a history of drug use routinely ha.ve a real voice in the creation of
programs and policies designed to serve them.
Affirms drugs users themselves as the
primary agents of reducing the harms of their drug use, and seeks to empower
users to share information and support each other in strategies which meet
their actual conditions of use.
Recognizes that the realities of
poverty, class, racism, social isolation, past trauma, sex-based discrimination
and other social inequalities affect both people’s vulnerability to and
capacity for effectively dealing with drug-related harm.
Does not attempt to minimize or
ignore the real and tragic harm and danger associated with licit and illicit
on continuous quality improvement using a systems
approach. Less-than-optimal care rarely arises from lack of
medical knowledge, but rather comes from the absence of reliable,
efficient processes and systems that make it easy to apply consistent
guidelines and protocols. We live by the words of our CEO, Marjie
Harbrecht, MD, a family physician who points out that “Knowledge is crucial,
but it is only as valuable as the systems used to reliably apply it.”
Our coaches and
consultants seek to empower excellence in others — be they medical
practices, communities or regions — to make a measurable impact on cost,
quality and the experience of healthcare for patients and the healthcare
team. HealthTeamWorks uses a systems approach facilitated by
in-office practice coaches who optimize:
- The care team and its role in care delivery;
- Health information technology, including registry
functionality to facilitate care based on clinical guidelines,
outreach to address gaps in care and quality measurement;
- Patient engagement by assisting in the development of
self-management support; and
- The creation of learning communities, where peers
can share and learn from each other.
JFK Partners is an interdepartmental program of the departments of
Pediatrics and Psychiatry of the University of Colorado School of Medicine
located at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. Designated as
Colorado's University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)
and Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program, JFK
Partners has collaborative relationships with numerous organizations that are a
part of Colorado's developmental disability and special health care needs
Welcome to the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking
(LCHT). We're anti-trafficking and we think you should be, too. Five years ago,
we began as a small group of dedicated volunteers who launched Polaris Project
Colorado, committed to doing our part.
Our actions mattered and yours will, too. They absolutely
Just as the environmental movement has taught us we can make
a difference by recycling or eating locally, every small action contributes
to the fight against human trafficking. We're asking you to join us in becoming
part of the solution.
In February of 2005, The Laboratory to Combat Human
Trafficking’s (LCHT) co-founders Dr. Alejano-Steele and Amanda Finger
established a Colorado chapter of the Polaris Project in response to local
demand for improved statewide responses to human trafficking. Operating as
Polaris Project Colorado (PPC), the organization quickly established itself as
a leader in the western anti-human trafficking movement, and developed a niche
within existing anti-trafficking efforts, training “first-responders” who
encounter victims and survivors of trafficking; building the capacity of
organizations that serve victims and work to combat human trafficking; filling
information gaps through community-based research; and growing
community-awareness. On February 1, 2010, Polaris Project announced their
longstanding plans for the Colorado branch to transition into an independent
organization, and LCHT was born.
LCHT was built on the idea that knowledge is power. Since 2010
LCHT staff trained over 19,000 service providers, law enforcement officers,
health care workers, teachers and community members to better identify and
assist victims/survivors of trafficking; completed major research projects,
which provide valuable data about the problem of human trafficking in Colorado
and developed a statewide Action Plan based on these outputs with strategies to
more successfully prevent this crime while providing better services and
protections to victims/survivors.
In 2013 LCHT also began managing the Colorado Network to End
Human Trafficking (CoNEHT) Hotline. This Crisis, Tip and Referral hotline is
operated by trained staff and volunteers and available 24/7 to provide
emergency counseling to victims/survivors, and connect them to other social,
legal and housing services, as well as to accept tips and information regarding
We understand that human trafficking does not affect just
one person or place. Nor can it be eradicated by a single person or group; it
requires the coordinated efforts & combined strengths of individuals,
communities and organizations. This philosophy is a constant driver of our
evolving work and a statement of our continued commitment to place
collaboration and partnerships at the forefront of our efforts to end human
trafficking in Colorado.