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Hot Issues in Health 2018

Featuring Senator Michael Bennet, Governor John Hickenlooper, and Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera
Published: June 18, 2018 | Updated: February 2, 2022

The most recent Hot Issues in Health conference took place December 6-7, 2018.

We were pleased to welcome more than 300 in-person attendees and others who joined us virtually.

Last year's conference took on some of the biggest topics in Colorado health policy, just as the state government prepared for a new governor and legislature.

Bennet Hickenlooper Primavera

We were thrilled to have U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, outgoing Governor John Hickenlooper, and Lt. Governor-elect Dianne Primavera as speakers, in addition to local and national health policy experts.

Use the buttons to the right to navigate through the 2018 agenda, read biographies of our speakers, and see our sponsors. Many sessions were also livestreamed and are archived on this page for your reference. Copies of CHI PowerPoint presentations are available below.

Don't forget to save the dates for the next Hot Issues in Health conference: December 5-6, 2019.







CHI Presentations


Hot Issues in Health 2018 - Legislative Preview

The 2018 election left Democrats firmly in charge of state government for the first time in four years. With a new governor and four years of pent-up ideas, 2019 could be a watershed year for health policy.


Hot Issues in Health 2018 - Behavioral Health

Policymakers should anticipate the politics, context, and values that influence policymaking — especially when it comes to substance use disorders. This session presents a framework to guide the discussions coming in 2019. 


Hot Issues in Health - Safety Net Innovations

The safety net is often at the forefront of creative and technologic solutions.


Hot Issues in Health 2018 - 2 Generation Approaches

A two-generation approach is a bipartisan opportunity to make a real impact on the health of our families. 


Hot Issues in Health - Climate Change

What parts of the state have more people vulnerable to health problems from a changing climate? The answer might surprise you.


Hot Issues in Health 2018 - Aging and Housing

Join us for a discussion of how these trends intersect and what communities, legislators, and other policymakers can do to help Coloradans age in place. 


Hot Issues in Health 2018 - Cost Control

It takes money to save money. Legislators who have tried to bring down health care costs for their constituents know there are trade-offs and upfront costs. This session compares several options for controlling costs to see if the price is right.


Hot Issues in Health - Community Connections

Join Colorado’s Regional Health Connectors as they boldly go beyond the comforts of the clinic walls, seek out the social determinants of health, and explore fascinating communities that are creating innovative solutions to health problems.


Previous Hot Issues in Health Conferences


Hot Issues in Health 2017

Welcome to Hot Issues in Health 2017. Find presentations and videos from the December conference here.


Hot Issues in Health 2016

Making Sense of Health Policy in a Time of Uncertainty


Hot Issues in Health 2015

As Medicaid Turns 50 and the Affordable Care Act Turns Five, What’s Next for Health Policy in Colorado?


Hot Issues in Health 2014

The Reality of Purple: Navigating Health Policy in Colorado


Hot Issues in Health Care Conference: 2012

The agenda, reports and presentations from the 2012 Hot Issues in Health Care legislative conference.

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