Colorado Access awards $1.83M to 19 organizations for health innovation

Thursday October 8, 2020 Tags: Denver, Colorado Access, Marshall Thomas

DENVER -- Colorado Access, a nonprofit community-based health plan striving to improve the health and lives of the underserved, awarded  $1.83 million  to 19 organizations across Colorado to support the transformation of a coordinated, accountable system of care that improves health delivery and reduces inequities exacerbated by COVID-19.Colorado-Acc-logo 

The Community Innovation Pool awards are part of a new program offered by Colorado Access that funds development and implementation of new models of care that are focused on two major goals:

Focus Area #1:  Health inequities and social needs exacerbated by COVID-19

Funding Goals:

  • To support innovative initiatives, programs and/or services that aim to address and lessen health inequities and health disparities which are being exacerbated by COVID-19.
  • To identify innovative ideas addressing social determinants of health emphasizing diversity and inclusivity.

Focus Area #2:  Telehealth

Funding Goals:

  • To support innovative access to telehealth for community member's physical, social and emotional health and well-being.
  • To expand health care provider capacity and capabilities to innovatively serve community members through telehealth.
  • To enhance community member participation in telehealth delivery through direct feedback.           

The effort supports community collaboration, not just regionally, but across the state, said Marshall Thomas, president and CEO at Colorado Access.

"The people we serve are often overlooked in a typical medical setting, let alone a pandemic,” he said. “We need to ensure we are networking our existing community resources around patients and communities in new ways to address the cognitive, social, behavioral and economic needs of each member of the community."

The funding will support advances underway throughout Colorado, allowing for more rapid care delivery transformation.

Colorado Access supports more than 500,000 members who receive health care as part of Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) and Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program).

It is the state's largest administrator of the two programs.

"Health -- physical, emotional and behavioral -- is a community resource that requires community-wide support,” said Thomas.

“We take our commitment to our community very seriously. The Community Innovation Pool grants will contribute to the creation of a statewide framework of community programs and supports that promote better integration and use of existing community resources."