The Colorado Health Report Card

The Colorado Health Foundation publishes annual updates on the current status of health, health care and health coverage in Colorado using data provided by various sources. The Colorado Health Report Card, which is produced in conjunction with the Colorado Health Institute, provides data on 38 key health indicators, such as prenatal care, access to health care and obesity, in five life stages

Life Stage
2015 Grade & Avg. Rank
Last Year

Healthy Beginnings

Healthy Children

Healthy Adolescents

Healthy Adults

Healthy Aging
Rank reflects Colorado’s standing among all states. A rank of 1 is the best.

PDF Icon Transparent Download a copy of the 2015 Health Report Card, or navigate through the links above and to the left to learn more about each specific life stage.

Methodology and Data Sources are compiled here, as well as in the report.

Excel Icon Download detailed data and information for each of the Report Card's indicators from the Colorado Health Institute.

For print copies of the 2015 Colorado Health Report Card, please contact Jaclyn Lensen, JLensen@ColoradoHealth.org or 303.953.3631.

Slow But Steady

Colorado Getting Healthier, But Health Report Card Reveals Disparities

Colorado is making slow but steady progress toward becoming a straight-A state when it comes to health. Still, many vulnerable Coloradans are having a tougher time making the grade.

The 2015 Colorado Health Report Card - the ninth annual health report card presented by the Colorado Health Foundation - shows improvement in a number of areas. But it also reveals significant disparities in health depending on race, ethnicity and income.

Colorado's latest grades, based on 38 health-related indicators, also highlight the struggle to give our state's youngest residents a healthy head start:

  • Seniors inched up, posting an A- compared with last year's B+.
  • Adults also did a bit better, climbing from a B to a B+.
  • Teens stayed the same at a B.
  • Colorado's babies and children both earned C's - the same as last year.

The Health Report Card's underlying data illuminate stark differences base on socio-economic factors.

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For instance, while Colorado's adults have the nation's lowest obesity rate at 21.9 percent, adults with annual incomes below $10,000 have an obesity rate of 29.2 percent - more than seven percentage points higher than the state average. And Hispanic children between the ages of 10 and 17 have an obesity rate of 15.5 percent, nearly double the 8.7 percent rate of white children.

For the first time, the Colorado Health Foundation and its Health Report Card partner, the Colorado Health Institute, will use the new data to inform an ongoing series of in-depth reports throughout 2015. As part of this series, the data will be broken down geographically, giving communities a better idea of their own health grades. These reports will be published throughout the year.

Our goal is for the Health Report Card to support efforts to make Colorado the healthiest state, providing evidence that shows where we are making progress as well as where are we are falling behind.

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