Against the backdrop of the ongoing pandemic, a changing climate, and a behavioral health crisis, our challenges sometimes seem insurmountable. Yet CHI is making a difference through our research, insight, and expertise. We are advancing evidence-based health policy, providing communities with the data they need to improve health equity, and partnering to improve health outcomes.
We see evidence of our success in stories like these:
- Local and state public health organizations mitigated inequities in testing and vaccine distribution by using our analysis of the disparate impact of COVID-19 at the neighborhood level.
- More than 300 primary care practices added capacity to deliver vaccinations through our administration of Colorado’s primary care vaccination program.
- County commissioners were able to plan and access new programs and projects by using funding maps developed by CHI.
- A nonprofit federally qualified health center used data from a CHI needs assessment to apply for and open a new school-based health center in Fort Morgan.
- Mothers in the perinatal period are being routinely screened and referred for behavioral health services through an evaluation tool CHI developed with partner health systems.
- Regional public health agencies continue to respond collaboratively to the pandemic and develop programs targeting behavioral health, climate change, racial disparities in health outcomes, and other critical public health issues thanks to our facilitation of the Metro Denver Partnership for Health.
- CHI’s partners were able to set priorities, make decisions, evaluate programs, perform needs assessments, write grants, and inform their advocacy work using data from 2021 Colorado Health Access Survey. The survey offered insight into ongoing health trends and the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on communities of color, essential workers, and others.
We are proud of the work we have done to advance health in Colorado, and we are grateful to the partners and supporters who have made our work possible.