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Rural Health
Resources by State: Colorado

Integrating Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Into Health Workforce Training
Webinar recording discusses different ways to implement healthcare workforce training in methods of treatment for opioid use disorder. Features case studies in Colorado and in Nevada where the epidemic has largely been in rural areas.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Healthy Clinic Assessments (HCAs)
Describes promising practices and the benefits of healthy clinic assessments (HCAs). Lists the goals of HCAs, and identifies emerging trends and needs based on the 98 HCAs completed at rural, frontier, and underserved urban clinics in Colorado since 2009. Covers a Critical Access Hospital case study example.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Rural Health Center
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Medicaid Real-Time Eligibility Determinations and Automated Renewals: Lessons for Medi-Cal from Colorado and Washington
Explores strategies used in Colorado and Washington to increase administrative efficiencies and reduce barriers for consumers renewing enrollment in or applying for state Medicaid programs. Includes special considerations for rural populations enrolling in Medicaid. Designed to inform the thinking of California policymakers and stakeholders as they implement changes to the state's Medicaid program.
Author(s): Jane Wishner, Ian Hill, Jeremy Marks, Sarah Thornburgh
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Urban Institute
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Navigating Towards Health
Examines how health navigators can be incorporated into workplaces and healthcare teams. Health navigators are professionals who help people find care despite barriers, such as insurance, transportation, or finding a doctor. Discusses three critical points for integrating health navigators into the workforce and offers guidance for employers to determine the appropriate ratio of navigators to patients.
Author(s): Karam Ahmad, Alex Caldwell, Brian Clark, et al.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Health Institute
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Supporting Rural Health Care in Colorado
Provides information on investments in rural healthcare from the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing during the 2018-19 fiscal year. Includes statistics on the the percent of the population enrolled in Medicaid at the county-level and broadly describes Medicaid spending by urban, rural, and frontier. Covers initiatives to support providers, rural hospitals, and access to care in rural Colorado.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing
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2017 Colorado Opioid Safety Pilot Results Report
Describes an opioid safety pilot study that implemented the ALTO, or alternative to opioid, approach for pain treatment in 7 urban and 3 rural hospital emergency departments in Colorado. Discusses ALTO's multifaceted treatment approach for pain management, data collection and analysis, and lessons learned.
Additional links: Pre-Launch Checklist: Using Alternatives to Opioids (ALTOs) in Hospital Emergency Departments
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Hospital Association
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Death by Drugs: Colorado Reaches a Record High for Overdose Fatalities. Again.
Describes county-level estimates for drug overdose death rates in Colorado from 2001 through 2016 using data from the Colorado Department of Public health and Environment (CDPHE). Includes discussion on small counties experiencing high overdose rates, the rise of opioid overdoses and deaths, and covers policy implications.
Additional links: Full Report
Author(s): Jaclyn Zubrzycki
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Health Institute
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An Unmet Challenge: Colorado Struggles to Address Mental Health and Substance Use: A Colorado Health Access Survey Issue Brief
Provides a snapshot of Colorado residents who reported poor mental health status, including county-level data for the percent reporting poor mental health and not receiving needed mental healthcare in the past year. Discusses barriers that prevent Colorado residents from receiving needed mental healthcare and other factors influencing access to care.
Additional links: Full Report
Author(s): Teresa Manocchio
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Health Institute
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Colorado Access to Care Index, 2017
Provides information on healthcare access and other factors to determine if the health needs of Colorado residents are being met. Measures improvement in healthcare access based on three components of access: potential access, barriers to care, and realized access.
Additional links: Full Report
Author(s): Emily Johnson
Date: 04/2018
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Health Institute
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Views from the Heartland: Prospects for Bipartisanship in Health Reform
Reports on the views and opinions of 27 state legislators serving on health, budget, or appropriations committees in Colorado and Kansas. Discusses Medicaid expansion in rural areas and highlights the importance of promoting quality healthcare and removing barriers to access in rural communities.
Author(s): David K. Jones
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Milbank Memorial Fund
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