Funding Opportunity: Consumer Health Advocacy

Funding Overview

The goal of this funding opportunity is to ensure public policy adequately addresses Colorado consumers’ needs for a health insurance system that is stable, affordable and adequate. The four-year initiative employs multiple types of funding, including general operating grants, awarded in 2014 and 2016, program grants awarded annually in June, and rapid response grants throughout the year, designed to adjust to the shifting health care political terrain. More information on the work underway can be accessed below.

General operating grants were announced in January 2015 applications for program grants were open for the June 2016 deadline. The Foundation also offered an extension of funding to existing grantees that went through review in an amendment process for the Oct. 15, 2016 deadline.

Grant Deadline: Not accepting applications. This work is in progress.

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Associated Measurable Results: N/A (Grantees will not be asked to provide data on Measurable Results.)

    Evaluation Activities: The consumer advocacy funding opportunity is designed to be an adaptive strategy. To support this adaptive approach, the evaluation balances accountability around progress towards policy targets with real-time information to inform ongoing adaptation. The evaluation is designed to engage grantees, other advocates and the Foundation in directing what information is needed, interpret the results of data collection and use the information to inform strategy. The evaluation includes several types of activities. Grantees are required to participate in twice-yearly learning convenings (along with other interested advocates). Grantees will be asked to engage in yearly reporting customized for this funding opportunity. In addition, grantees may be asked to participate in further data collection throughout the year (e.g., interviews) as needed. The evaluation will be conducted by an external evaluator. In addition to participation in the evaluation, grantees will be required to submit progress on agreed upon grant milestones. 

    To be considered for funding, applicants demonstrated within the grant application how they meet the following criteria:

    Program grants are intended to provide program support to consumer advocacy organizations or organizations serving safety net clinics that are well-positioned to represent consumer interests or engage the consumer voice on the following policy priorities:

    • Convergence across payer sources and provider networks around models for effective payment and delivery reform to reduce costs and improve outcomes.
    • Decreasing health care costs without decreasing the quality of care, including increased transparency around costs.
    • Building the public’s health care literacy, including their understanding of how to use their insurance to access preventive care and improve their health outcomes.
    • Protection of policy and budgetary successes from the past few years, including, but not limited to, Medicaid expansion, the Essential Health Benefits requirement, and the health benefit exchange.
    • Driving integration of different health care delivery modalities including primary care, specialty care, oral health and behavioral health.

    These policy targets were identified by engaging Colorado consumer advocates in a scenario development process, documented in The Future of Health Policy in Colorado.

    Preference was given to organizations with:

    • Established strengths in messaging, public-will building, coalition building and advocacy skill building, including deepening the bench of advocates.
    • Experience engaging new voices in advocating for policy priorities.
    • Focus on equitable implementation of reform and coverage improvements that are in consumers’ interests.

    Advocacy Tools:

    • Consumer Advocacy Funding Initiative: Advocacy Field Map 
      Fifty-three Colorado consumer health advocacy organizations were surveyed to map which policy targets they are focused on and what advocacy strategies they are using to address those targets. The resulting Advocacy Field Map spreadsheet allows advocates to search for organizations working on each of the Foundation's policy targets based on level of involvement and strategies used. Results also indicate contact information for each organization.

    Bi-Annual Convening Reports

    Consumer Advocacy Funding Opportunity Information

    The Colorado Health Foundation cannot earmark funds for lobbying or voter registration activities.