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Colorado Resources

Mobile Coaching: Innovation and Small Scale Experimentation to Better Engage Program Participants in Rural Colorado
Examines mobile coaching as a strategy targeted at Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) participants in rural La Plata County, Colorado to improve access to transportation. Discusses the efficacy of case managers transporting clients to their health and human services appointments and utilizing the commuting time for mentorship. Discusses program results, staff insights, and client experiences.
Author(s): Jonathan McCay, Marcia France, Loretta Lujan, Vicki Maestas, Alix Whittaker
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Mathematica Policy Research
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Perspectives From the Frontline of Two North American Community Paramedicine Programs: An Observational, Ethnographic Study
Discusses the motivations, job satisfaction, and challenges from the viewpoints of community paramedics and their managers in two independent programs in rural Ontario, Canada and Colorado, USA. Presents qualitative data derived through interviews, informal discussions, focus groups, and direct observation of practice.
Author(s): Angela C Martin, Peter O'Meara
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 19(1), 4888
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
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A Community Moves Beyond the Boom and Bust
Profiles Lake County, Colorado, a winner of the 2019 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize. Highlights some of Lake County's efforts to actively promote health and wellness throughout the rural county.
Date: 2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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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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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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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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Last Updated: 1/8/2024