Colorado Health Access Fund
The 2017 RFP for the Colorado Health Access Fund is open. Please download and thoroughly review the materials below.
The Colorado Health Access Fund (Fund) was created in 2014 as a Field of Interest fund at The Denver Foundation. The intent of the Fund is to support programs/activities that generally increase access to health care and strive to improve health outcomes for populations in Colorado with high health care needs. The Fund will help to ensure health care services are equitably available to all Coloradans with high health needs by distributing the funds to organizations throughout the state. Between 2015 – 2022, the Fund is committed to allocating resources among rural, urban, and suburban areas with a focus on four categories of projects:
Education of those with high health needs, as well as their families and caregivers;
Transitions in care;
Innovation of care delivery; and
Improved access to care, particularly in rural communities.
In 2014, The Denver Foundation commissioned the Colorado Health Institute (CHI) to conduct an asset and gap analysis to glean a solid understanding of Colorado’s current diverse health care landscape to guide the development of this Request for Proposals. This report, “Flashpoints and Fixes: An Asset and Gap Analysis of Barriers to Care for Coloradans with High Health Needs,” can be found here [PDF]
, and the Executive Summary can be found here [PDF]
The CHI report noted fifteen of the twenty-one Colorado Health Statistic Regions included mental/behavioral health as a top local public health priority. Furthermore, mental and behavioral health care was cited as a community priority in every community dialogue conducted by CHI. Discussions with health and community foundations identified access to mental health and substance abuse as the most pressing issues statewide. Thus, the Colorado Health Access Fund will focus on increasing access to behavioral health treatment.
Projects/Programs, Capital Improvements, General Operating Support, and Collaboratives
The Colorado Health Access Fund will support projects and programs that increase access to behavioral health treatment in the community. In addition, the Fund will provide general operating support to organizations already engaged in behavioral health work that is critical to increasing access to treatment in the community. Capital improvement applications will be considered as well. Applicants can submit one request for project/program, general operating OR capital improvements support. Applicants cannot combine requests.
Funding is available to support existing organizations that are already formally working together to meet shared goals around behavioral health treatment. These Collaboratives could be comprised of community organizations and government agencies including local public health agencies that have already come together across Colorado in a formal partnership of three or more unrelated organizations. By working together in ways that make sense for their community, organizations have the potential to bring assets and resources together in unique ways to increase access to behavioral health care and strive to improve behavioral health treatment outcomes.
Evaluation of the Colorado Health Access Fund
Please download the executive summary of "Building From the Baseline
," an evaluation by the Colorado Health Institute of the Fund's first cohort of grantees.