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Flashpoints and Fixes

April 8, 2015

The Denver Foundation engaged the Colorado Health Institute to study access to care, particularly among Coloradans with high health needs. The Denver Foundation used the analysis to help identify meaningful and data-based opportunities for grantmaking by the new Colorado Health Access Fund, which launched in April 2015.

The analysis addresses four questions:

- What barriers do Coloradans with high health care needs face when accessing care?

- How do these barriers differ by region?

- What solutions or approaches hold promise for improving access?

- How can the Colorado Health Access Fund support improved access – and improved health – across the state?

This report includes insight from more than 100 Colorado experts who participated in key informant interviews and regional community dialogues, as well as the latest statistics on Coloradans’ health status, experiences with accessing care, and projected health needs.

The Colorado Health Access Fund of the Denver Foundation will award approximately $5 million a year between 2015 and 2022 to increase access to behavioral health care and improve health outcomes for people with high health care needs across Colorado. More information, including how to apply for funding, is available here.

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