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Building a Pipeline of Primary Care Providers to Serve Diverse Communities of Colorado

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Colorado Health Foundation
Feb 15, 2024

The Colorado Health Foundation will provide grants to increase the number of individuals working within Colorado's primary healthcare workforce who reflect the diverse patient population served by the state's safety net system and/or who are committed to serving rural and frontier communities

The funding opportunity is focused on:

  • Supporting high school graduates pursuing healthcare careers in the primary care setting who are not ready or do not want to attend college
  • Early career individuals working in the healthcare field who want to move into primary care and/or up the primary healthcare workforce ladder
  • Individuals not in the healthcare field but who want to transition into primary care

Positions of focus include:

  • Community health workers
  • Medical assistants
  • Physician assistants
  • Nurses including licensed practical nurses and advance practice registered nurses/nurse practitioners
  • Behavioral health providers including behavioral health assistants, behavioral health advocates, and others
  • Dental hygienists
  • Dental assistants
  • Positions that are a springboard into one of the positions listed above

Projects should also focus on recruiting people of color and/or people who are committed to working in rural Colorado. People of color is defined as Arab/Middle Eastern, Asian/Pacific Islander, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Indigenous/Native American, and multiracial communities.


Eligible applicants include:

  • Community-based organizations:
    • Operating workforce programs with demonstrated experience in running healthcare training programs
    • Community-based organizations with demonstrated experience partnering with or supporting healthcare training programs
  • Area Health Education Centers (AHECs)
  • Community colleges, universities, and other accredited educational institutions
  • Partnerships between employers and schools/training programs
  • Safety net clinics including:
    • Federally Qualified Health Centers
    • Rural Health Clinics
    • Community-based clinics
    • School-based health centers
    • Tribal run or Indian Health Service clinics
    • Community mental health centers with integrated primary care services
    • Dental programs with integrated primary care services
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $600,000
Project period: 3 years

Application process

Links to additional guidance, application instructions, and the online application portal are available on the program website.

Tagged as
American Indian or Alaska Native · Asian · Behavioral health workforce · Black or African American · Community health workers · Dental workforce · Federally Qualified Health Centers · Frontier and remote areas · Health aides and assistants · Health workforce · Health workforce education and training · Health workforce pipeline · Hispanic or Latino · Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander · Nurse practitioners and other advanced practice registered nurses · Physician assistants · Primary care · Racial and ethnic groups · Rural Health Clinics · Colorado

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