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Colorado's Medicare Opioid Prescribing Rate Tops National Average

March 1, 2017
Nearly one of 10 (7.4 percent) Medicare prescriptions in Colorado is for opioids — prescription drugs such as codeine and oxycodone, new data from 2014 show. That is 1.7 percentage points higher than the national rate.

Filed in: Community Health

Rio to Miami to Colorado? Zika is a Moving Target in a Globalized World

August 9, 2016
The Summer Olympics will kick off Friday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and it’s a historic time for the Games. This is the first time the Summer Olympic Games will be hosted in a South American city. Another historic element to this year’s Games is the presence of the spreading Zika virus.

Filed in: Community Health

Mapping Data A to Z: You Didn't Get a Needed Appointment Because the Doctor's Office Wasn't Accepting New Patients

August 5, 2016
As the director of finance and administration at the Colorado Health Institute, I am responsible for administering the health insurance plans we offer to our employees. In the summer of 2014, several new employees let me know that they were having a hard time getting an appointment with a primary care doctor.

Filed in: Community Health

Mapping Data A to Z: rX Drugs

August 3, 2016
The percentage of Coloradans who could not afford a prescription is at a six-year low, according to an analysis of Colorado Health Access Survey (CHAS) data.

Filed in: Community Health

Mapping Data A to Z: Social Determinants

July 17, 2016
What does it take to be healthy? You need to eat right, of course. Exercise is a must. And CHI has already stressed the importance of access to quality care. But there’s more to the equation.

Filed in: Community Health

Mapping Data A to Z: Mental Health Status

June 21, 2016
Everyone experiences mental health differently. We all have our ups and downs — stressful days at work, troubles with finances or conflicts with friends. But for some, these down days persist and interfere with usual activities.

Filed in: Community Health

Mapping Data A to Z: Kids' Dental Insurance

June 14, 2016
As I shared in an earlier CHAS insight, the percentage of Colorado kids with dental insurance is at its highest point – nearly 85 percent of children and youth under age 19. But dental coverage looks very different depending upon where you live.

Filed in: Community Health

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