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Colorado: Rural Health Facilities within County Designations, 2018
Identifies Colorado counties by rural, urban, and frontier designations and the location of Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Health Clinics.
Date: 01/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Rural Health Center
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The Financial Health of Colorado Hospitals: Trends 2011-2015
Inaugural report from the Colorado Hospital Association providing economic, pricing, and quality information on Colorado's hospitals. Shares data from public sources in order to improve healthcare transparency, affordability, and quality. Tracks trends among Colorado's hospitals, including Critical Access and small/rural hospitals, and provides individualized, facility-level statistics on employment, utilization, and finance.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Hospital Association
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Financing Project ECHO: Options for State Medicaid Programs
Outlines how four states - California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Oregon - are using Medicaid funds to support Project ECHO and enhance services for rural and other at-risk populations. Also shares design considerations for specific delivery system environments, and ways to ensure long-term program sustainability.
Author(s): Greg Howe, Allison Hamblin, Lauren Moran
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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Improving Rural Oral Health: Six States’ Response to the United States Department of Health and Human Services Oral Health Strategic Framework
Findings brief describing how Colorado, Iowa, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina have responded to the Department of Health and Human Services' 2014-2017 goals for advancing oral health in America, with emphasis on programs available to children. Features statistics including number of dental insurance companies, number of public health dental clinics or Federally Qualified Health Centers providing oral health services, and number of full-time and part-time dentists and dental hygienists at these facilities in each of the six states.
Author(s): Amy B. Martin, Janice C. Probst, Karen M. Jones
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
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State Innovation Model Testing Awards From the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation: Highlighting Rural Focus
Summarizes the activities and accomplishments of rural-specific State Innovation Models (SIM) in six states: Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Minnesota, and Vermont. The SIM initiative was started in 2012 to support states that are committed to designing and testing strategies for payment model and delivery system reform.
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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SLV N.E.E.D. (Naloxone - Education - Empowerment - Distribution)
Video featuring the San Luis Valley N.E.E.D. (Naloxone - Education - Empowerment - Distribution) program, which provides opioid-related education to healthcare providers and the community, as well as a naloxone distribution program and naloxone training for first responders in six rural Colorado counties.
Date: 07/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Mountains, Plains, Cities, Schools: An Analysis of Colorado's Rural and Urban School-Based Health Centers
Examines important aspects of Colorado's school-based health centers (SBHCs), including program growth, funding sources, populations served, and service offerings. Uses statewide statistics to compare urban versus rural SBHCs and illustrate how SBHCs help fill critical healthcare gaps within the state.
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Health Institute
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Colorado Health Foundation Makes Rural Communities a Priority: Q&A with Karen McNeil-Miller
Karen McNeil-Miller, president and CEO of the Colorado Health Foundation, discusses how the foundation is working with rural communities in the state. Topics covered include a recent statewide Listening Tour, the use of data to focus on rural health issues, and participation in the national Rural Health Philanthropy Partnership.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Colorado Behavioral Health Data
An Excel file containing behavioral health data by region for the state of Colorado. Includes mental health status and suicide data for adults and high school students, and health status data for children ages 4 - 14.
Date: 01/2017
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Health Institute
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Snapshot of Rural Health in Colorado: 2017
An overview of Colorado's rural healthcare delivery system. Includes a variety of indicators related to rural population health, healthcare workforce, and access to care.
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Rural Health Center
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Network Spotlight: Community Care Alliance
Describes key aspects of the Grand Junction, Colorado based Community Care Alliance (CCA) through an interview with Marnell Bradfield, CCA's Director of Operations, and Angelina Salazar, Vice President of Outreach and Communications for CCA's parent organization, the Western Healthcare Alliance (WHA). CCA's primary function is to help member organizations prepare for healthcare transformation, particularly in the areas of Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).
Date: 12/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Selected Rural Healthcare Facilities in Colorado
Shows the state’s Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Health Clinics, as well as rural Federally Qualified Health Centers and Skilled Nursing Facilities.
Date: 12/2016
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Child Care Deserts
A report analyzing child care centers by zip code in eight states, with a specific focus on how limited or complete lack of access disproportionately affects rural areas. Includes a discussion of what constitutes a child care desert and what may prevent families from finding needed care, such as prohibitive cost based on income ratio.
Date: 10/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for American Progress
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Findings from the Field: Medicaid Delivery Systems and Access to Care in Four States in Year Three of the ACA
Explores the experiences of four states that participated in Medicaid expansion as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA): Colorado, Connecticut, Kentucky, and Washington. Examines what each state is doing to transition from outreach and enrollment activities to improving delivery systems and access to care. Contains rural-specific content and information on how the states are dealing with the expanded Medicaid population.
Date: 09/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Colorado State Rural Health Plan 2016
A policy guide to address rural healthcare issues, and to measure improvement in rural healthcare in the state of Colorado as requested by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy from Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program grantees.
Date: 06/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Rural Health Center
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Colorado: Medicaid Enrollment by County
County-level map of Colorado showing the percentage of each county's population that is enrolled in Medicaid.
Date: 05/2016
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Rural Health Center
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State Variations in the Rural Obstetric Workforce
Illustrates the challenges affecting the obstetric workforce in Critical Access Hospitals and other rural hospitals having at least 10 births in 2010 using data derived from a telephone survey conducted in 9 states.
Author(s): Peiyin Hung, Katy B. Kozhimannil, Michelle M. Casey, Carrie Henning-Smith, Shailendra Prasad
Date: 05/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Colorado: Medicare Enrollment by County
Map of Colorado depicting the percentage of Medicare enrollment by county.
Date: 03/2016
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Rural Health Center
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Colorado: Federally Certified Rural Health Clinics within County Designations, 2016
Identifies the rural, urban and frontier designated areas by county of Colorado and the location of free-standing and provider-based Rural Health Clinics (RHCs).
Date: 03/2016
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Rural Health Center
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Colorado: Critical Access Hospitals, 2016
Depicts location by county of Colorado's federally designated Critical Access Hospitals.
Date: 03/2016
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Rural Health Center
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The Feasibility of Using Electronic Health Records to Describe Demographic and Clinical Indicators of Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers
Using 2012 data derived from a Colorado Migrant Health Center electronic health record (EHR) database this study describes the demographics, social history, medical indicators, and diagnoses of patients who are migrant and seasonal farmworkers (MSFW) with the purpose of developing an electronic baseline clinical database that may improve clinical care, and support illness surveillance and epidemiologic studies of underserved working populations.
Author(s): Christina Socias, Yuanyuan Liang, George Delclos, et al.
Location: Journal of Agromedicine, 21(1), 71-81
Date: 02/2016
Type: Document
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Colorado Drug Death Rate Tops U.S. Average
Analyzes county-level estimates for drug overdose death rates in Colorado using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Includes a spreadsheet with data by county.
Date: 02/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Health Institute
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Rural Colorado: Access to Healthcare, 2016
Identifies the location of rural clinics and rural hospitals by county. Also, identifies counties that are rural with no hospital or clinic.
Date: 02/2016
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Rural Health Center
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Colorado: County Designations, 2017
Identifies counties in Colorado based on urban, rural, or frontier designation.
Date: 01/2016
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Rural Health Center
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Colorado Rural Health Center: 2016 Annual Report
Provides a summary of the Colorado Rural Health Center's 2016 accomplishments.
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Rural Health Center
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Mapping Rural Colorado: A Statistical Comparison of Colorado’s Rural Regions
Map outlining four distinct rural regions of Colorado: Northwest, Southwest/San Luis Valley, Eastern Plains, and Central. Provides a quick health fact for each region, and also includes median income levels, adult poverty rates, obesity rates, and more.
Date: 2016
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Health Foundation
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Colorado Health Report Card: County Spotlights
Provides county-level health and population related statistics for each of Colorado's 64 counties. Each county has its own printable fact sheet covering topics such as education level, median income, unemployment, health insurance coverage, and more.
Date: 2016
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Health Foundation
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The 2016 Colorado Health Report Card: Celebrating a Decade of Data
Data spotlight examining the barriers to pursuing a healthy lifestyle in rural Colorado communities. Provides examples of innovative programs that are being used to overcome these challenges and uses rural-relevant statistics and illustrations to highlight three main areas of interest: poverty, limited healthy options, and limited access to care.
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Health Foundation
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Granting Hope
Overview of Rural Philanthropy Days, a Colorado event for rural communities that brings together regional funders, local governments, business leaders, and local nonprofit organizations.
Author(s): Kate Menzies
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 07/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Colorado: Access to a Mental Health Provider, 2014
Map of Colorado showing the number of patients per mental health provider, by county.
Date: 03/2015
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Rural Health Center
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Colorado: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), 2014
County-level map of Colorado showing the percentage of households that received SNAP benefits in the past 12 months.
Date: 03/2015
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Rural Health Center
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Colorado: Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), 2014
Identifies the number of newly diagnosed chlamydia cases per 100,000 for each county in Colorado.
Date: 03/2015
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Rural Health Center
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Colorado Critical Access Hospitals and Clinics: Improving Communication and Readmission (iCARE) White Paper
Details how the Colorado Rural Health Center's Improving Communication and Readmission (iCARE) program is improving the patient experience at Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Health Clinics by enhancing care coordination and lowering readmission rates.
Date: 03/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Rural Health Center
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Healthy Clinic Program Helps Colorado Rural Clinics Build Stronger Foundations
Profiles the Healthy Clinic Assessment (HCA) program in Colorado, which assists rural clinics in strengthening their foundations, and improving operations and quality.
Author(s): Jami Schumacher
Location: Rural Monitor, 2015(Winter)
Date: 02/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Colorado Provider Recruitment: Placements, 2005-2015
Map of Colorado identifying the total number of provider recruitment placements by county between 2005 and 2015.
Date: 01/2015
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Rural Health Center
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Colorado Rural Health Center: Annual Report - 2015
Presented as an animated slide show, provides a summary of the Colorado Rural Health Center's 2015 accomplishments.
Date: 2015
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Rural Health Center
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Healthy Clinic Assessments (HCAs): Promising Practices: How Healthy Clinic Assessments Are Improving Business Operations and Internal Processes
Assesses the essential business operations of health clinics in rural, frontier, and urban-underserved areas in Colorado. Identifies which areas of improvement should be undertaken, and provides an action plan for change focusing on quality of care, clinic efficiency, and increased revenue.
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Rural Health Center
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Health Care for a High-Tech World: The Potential for Telehealth in Colorado
Describes the importance of telehealth in meeting the changing healthcare needs of Colorado residents in rural and urban areas of the state.
Date: 10/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Health Institute
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Overcoming Patient Engagement Barriers: Urban And Rural Success Stories
Video highlighting successful patient engagement programs. Features the High Plains Research Network, which serves eastern rural Colorado, and describes how the network tailors its outreach to the community through the insights of the community members involved in the network. The section on the High Plains Research Network begins at 5:35 in the recording.
Date: 09/2014
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Health Affairs
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Health Awareness for Rural Communities: Creating Data Driven Solutions
An issue paper describing Colorado Rural Health Center’s Health Awareness for Rural Communities (HARC), a data bank measuring over 100 population health indicators.
Author(s): Melissa Bosworth, Bridgette Olson
Date: 05/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Rural Health Center
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Colorado's Primary Care Workforce: A Study of Regional Disparities
An analysis of the primary care workforce across Colorado in both rural and underserved urban areas. Includes solutions to address the health care workforce capacity.
Author(s): Rebecca Alderfer, Amy Downs, Kevin Butcher, et al.
Date: 02/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Health Institute
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Local Wellness Policy 5 Years Later: Is It Making a Difference for Students in Low-Income, Rural Colorado Elementary Schools?
Assesses 45 schools' environmental and policy changes resulting from implementation of a federally mandated program designed to increase physical activity and healthy eating, as a response to the childhood obesity epidemic. Looked at factors including number of minutes of recess per week, minutes of physical education, playground features, total number of fruit and vegetable offerings at meals, presence of a school health team, and familiarity with their district’s policy and related state or federal mandates.
Author(s): Elaine S. Belansky, Nick Cutforth, Lynn Gilbert, et al.
Location: Preventing Chronic Disease, 10
Date: 11/2013
Type: Document
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Population-Based Versus Practice-Based Recall for Childhood Immunizations: A Randomized Controlled Comparative Effectiveness Trial
Compares the effectiveness of automatic and provider initiated immunization reminders in 14 Colorado counties, 8 of which are rural. Includes statistics with breakdowns by location, race, ethnicity, and income.
Author(s): Allison Kempe, Alison Saville, L. Miriam Dickinson, et al.
Location: American Journal for Public Health, 103(6), 1116-1123
Date: 06/2013
Type: Document
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The Colorado Beacon Consortium: Strengthening the Capacity for Health Care Delivery Transformation in Rural Communities
Describes how physicians, hospitals, and other care providers in seven predominantly rural counties managed to build the capacity needed to exchange health data and transform clinical care.
Author(s): D. McCarthy, A. Cohen
Date: 04/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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Effectiveness of a Community Health Worker Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Program in Public Health and Health Care Settings
Evaluates the effectiveness of a Community Health Worker system of care to help decrease coronary heart disease in primarily rural and frontier Colorado counties. Includes data and statistics broken down by age, race, risk factors, and geographic location.
Author(s): Mori J. Krantz, Stephanie M. Coronel, Elizabeth M. Whitley, et al.
Location: American Journal of Public Health, 103(1), 19-27
Date: 01/2013
Type: Document
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Interdisciplinary Rural Immersion Week
Describes the interdisciplinary rural immersion program at the University of Colorado, which offers medical students the time, structure and permission to think about the cultural, economic and environmental aspects of rural life and work.
Author(s): Mark Deutchman, Kathryn Nearing, Brenda Baumgarten, John Westfall
Location: Rural and Remote Health, 12, 2045
Date: 06/2012
Type: Document
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A Profile of Colorado’s Rural Physicians: Colorado Rural Physician Survey: A Chart Pack
Provides a snapshot of Colorado's rural physicians, including why they practice in rural areas, what keeps them working in their communities, and the demands placed on their practices.
Date: 06/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Health Institute
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Colorado's Nurse and Nurse Aide Workforce: A Portrait
Provides an overview of certified nurse aides (CNAs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and registered nurses (RNs) in Colorado. Informs policymakers about the issues that shape Colorado’s current nursing and allied workforce. Addresses expectations for employment growth, demographic and employment characteristics, education and training experiences, job satisfaction factors, and rural-urban differences.
Date: 10/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Health Institute
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The Behavioral Healthcare Workforce In Colorado: A Status Report 2010
Details behavioral healthcare workforce issues from 2010 in Colorado. Discusses how to capitalize on the existing energy and expertise in the state to develop a more coordinated and focused effort to enhance Colorado’s behavioral healthcare workforce. Includes discussion of issues specific to the rural behavioral health workforce.
Author(s): Mimi McFaul, Maureen Flory
Date: 12/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Colorado Health Foundation, WICHE Mental Health Program
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Influence of Loan Repayment on Rural Healthcare Provider Recruitment and Retention in Colorado
Reports results of a survey of health professionals who participated in three Colorado loan repayment programs between 1992 and 2007. Examined the most important recruitment factors for participants by rural-urban location and by profession. Also looked at factors that impacted participants' decisions to leave a community, after the end of their service obligation.
Author(s): Daniel Renner, John Westfall, Lou Ann Wilroy, Adit Ginde
Location: Rural and Remote Health, 10, 1605
Date: 11/2010
Type: Document
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Community Paramedics Widen Medical Services in Rural Areas
Highlights how rural communities in Colorado and Minnesota are training paramedics to also provide home care, immunizations, and other health services.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Location: Rural Monitor, 2010(Fall)
Date: 11/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Colorado Children’s Healthcare Access Program: Helping Pediatric Practices Become Medical Homes for Low-Income Children
An overview of the Colorado Children’s Healthcare Access Program (CCHAP), a nonprofit organization created to address barriers in rural and urban areas that have prevented private pediatric and family practices from accepting children enrolled in Medicaid and providing them with a medical home.
Author(s): Sharon Silow-Carroll, Jodi Bitterman
Date: 06/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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The Practice of Dentistry in Colorado: Are There Differences Between Urban and Rural Practicing Dentists?
Presents the findings from surveys conducted with dentists practicing in rural areas of Colorado as well as a workforce survey of dentists practicing in urban areas.
Date: 03/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Health Institute
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Rural School-Based Health Centers: A Framework for Success
Discusses the essential elements of rural, school-based health centers (SBHCs) in Colorado, which are growing in number and importance. Presents challenges and opportunities for Colorado's SBHCs, and shares best practices from successful SBHCs.
Author(s): Sherrod Beall
Date: 04/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care
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Small Towns, Big Change
A series of articles that address the development and the challenges of building a robust economy focusing on the health and well-being of individuals living in the rural communities of Colorado and New Mexico. Published in the High Country News.
Type: Website
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Colorado Access to Care Index
Index used to measure Colorado's progress in improving access to healthcare. Overall score is based on three components of access: potential access, barriers to care, and realized access.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Health Institute
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Data Repository: County Health Profiles (Colorado)
Provides basic health facts for Colorado by county that includes demographics, health coverage and the uninsured (including children eligible for Medicaid but not enrolled), and health workforce information.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Health Institute
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Colorado Rural Health Center - Map Resources
Thematic maps on topics relevant to rural health, including healthcare facilities, health workforce, and enrollment in Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Rural Health Center
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Colorado Health Centers Research & Data
Provides maps of FQHC locations and communities experiencing shortages of primary care physicians. Also includes information on the populations served by health centers, services provided, staff, patient visits, costs of care, and use of electronic health information.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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ERS State Fact Sheet: Colorado
Lists statistics on population, educational attainment, employment, income, farm characteristics, and farm financial indicators for the state.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Colorado KIDS COUNT Data Center (KCDC)
Provides data on child well-being for the state.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Annie E. Casey Foundation
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Colorado QuickFacts
Basic demographic and economic statistics for the state, with links to county-level data.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Colorado State Health Facts
The latest state-level data on demographics, health, and health policy, including health coverage, access, financing, and state legislation. Individual state profiles and 50-state comparisons.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Last Updated: 12/11/2017