Studies and Reports

The Colorado Health Foundation publishes reports and studies that pertain to one or more of its focus areas: Healthy Living, Health Care and Health Coverage. Some of the reports are produced in coordination with other organizations.

Reports available for download:

PDF icon Health Care Coverage and Access for Children in Low-Income Families: Stakeholder Perspectives from Colorado
Publication date:
January 2016
This issue brief by Mathematica Policy Research examines the health coverage and access landscape in Colorado for children in low-income families.
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PDF icon Colorado in 2015
Publication date:
November 2015
This report from the Urban Land Institute reports on survey results on attitudes toward housing, community, and transportation in the state of Colorado.
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PDF icon Raising the Grade: Improving the Quality of Colorado’s Physical Education
Publication date:
July 2015
As part of its Create Healthy Schools strategy, the Colorado Health Foundation has invested $11 million in advancing physical education (PE) in Colorado, including more than $6.3 million through the PE Quality Improvement body of work reaching 289 schools in 41 Colorado school districts, and it includes meaningful changes for countless students whose experience in PE today and in years to come will foster a love of wellness and skills to achieve fitness for a lifetime. The PE Quality Improvement funding opportunity provided grantees with up to three years of funding, including one year of planning and up to two years of implementation.
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Excel Icon Advocate Mapping Spreadsheet
Publication date:
September 2015
As part of the Colorado Health Foundation’s Consumer Advocacy Funding Initiative, 53 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 need for mapping emerged from the May 2015 Consumer Advocacy convening, where advocates expressed the desire to reduce siloed work across policy targets and reach a better understanding of the field of work to facilitate collaboration among advocacy organizations.

Advocates were asked to provide a ranking for each policy target, indicating the level of involvement of their work on that target.  They also ranked deployment of various advocacy strategies across policy targets aimed at the public, influencers, and policymakers to impact awareness, will, and action. This interactive spreadsheet allows advocates to search for organizations working on each the Foundation's policy targets based on level of involvement and strategies used.

PDF icon Open Enrollment Pilot Project Final Report
Publication date:
April 2015
The Colorado Health Foundation funded two studies to identify the barriers and challenges of outreach to uninsured Coloradans in preparation for the second health coverage open enrollment period. The studies, linked below, are " Culture of Coverage: Audience Research and Message Testing Among Uninsured Coloradans" (GSG and Hilltop Public Solutions); and " Barriers to Enrollment in Health Coverage in Colorado" (RAND).

Among other things, these reports found that assistance sites wanted customized marketing for their own community, and also identified some key messages for motivating people to get covered. The Foundation funded this pilot project to test the messaging from the studies and provide customized marketing support to three assistance sites, with an eye towards uncovering long-term strategies for supporting future open enrollment periods.
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PDF icon Does Colorado Need a Needs Assessment to Improve Services for Aging or Disabled Residents? 
Publication date:
April 2015
In early 2015, the Colorado Health Foundation met with stakeholders to discuss an earlier recommendation from the 2013 Long-term Services and Supports (LTSS) workgroup to support “the development of a standardized statewide and/or community needs assessment that is comparative, forward-thinking and actionable across communities.” This brief describes the outcomes of the 2015 stakeholder meeting, and includes a Colorado LTSS Needs Assessment Inventory, compiled by the Colorado Health Institute.

PDF icon Health Policy and Advocacy in Colorado In 2014
Publication date:
December 2014
The Colorado Health Foundation kicked off a Consumer Advocacy Funding Opportunity in 2014, designed to ensure public policy adequately addresses consumers’ needs for a health insurance system that is stable, affordable, and adequate.

As part of this strategy, advocates convened to discuss the current health policy environment, the viability of specific policy targets, and what supports advocates will need to be effective in the coming year. This brief shares the outcomes of that meeting, including the status of health reform implementation; Colorado’s current health policy environment; the viability of specific policy targets in this environment; advocacy strategies and tactics likely to be effective in this environment; and supports that may help advocates to be successful in 2015.

PDF icon Culture of Coverage: Audience Research and Message Testing Among Uninsured Coloradans
Publication date:
September 2014
A cross-sector partnership commissioned this research effort, conducted by Global Strategy Group and Hilltop Public Solutions. The report identifies the messages and communications channels that are most effective for targeted Colorado populations. These include Coloradans eligible for Medicaid and for tax credits through Connect for Health Colorado, as well as young and healthy individuals who may not be eligible for either but who play an important role in ensuring that the health insurance marketplace is balanced and affordable for all.

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Barriers to Enrollment in Health Coverage in Colorado
Publication date:
September 2014
This study, commissioned by the Foundation and conducted by RAND Corporation, examines reasons why uninsured Coloradans eligible for Medicaid and/or tax credits through Connect for Health Colorado are not enrolled in health care coverage. RAND conducted focus groups with uninsured and newly insured individuals across the state and interviews with local stakeholders responsible for enrollment efforts in their regions. This report provides an overview of these findings, highlighting those that were consistent across the state and those that were unique to a given region or population, and offers recommendations to strengthen enrollment efforts.

PDF icon School-Based Health Care Initiative 2012-13 Evaluation Report
Publication date:
November 2013
This report outlines the evaluation of the School Based Health Center initiative in efforts to determine if the initiative was effective in moving its grantees toward self-sustainability.
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PDF icon School-Based Health Care Initiative: Evaluation Case Studies
Publication date:
October 2013
This report outlines two case studies on how to generate patient revenue from billing and financial services for the uninsured in school-based health centers.
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PDF icon Long-Term Care Insurance: An Overview
Publication date:
September 2013
This brief shares information about the long-term care insurance marketplace.
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PDF icon Long-Term Care Insurance: Barriers to Purchase and Opportunities for Growth
Publication date:
September 2013
This brief provides a description of the challenges faced by the long-term care insurance market, the cost of long-term services and supports nationally and how they compare to the same costs for people needing such care in Colorado.
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PDF icon 2014 Colorado's New Health Coverage Options
Publication date:
Fall, 2013
721,000 Colorado adults may benefit from new opportunities to access affordable health insurance in January.
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PDF icon School-Based Health Care Initiative: A Mid-Term Evaluation Report
Publication date:
Winter, 2013
This report outlines mid-term findings from the Foundation's School-Based Health Care initiative, focusing on evaluation methods and grantee feedback. A final evaluation report will be completed in 2014.
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"Medicaid Expansion: Examining the Impact on Colorado's Economy"
Publication date:
Winter, 2013
Prepared by Charles Brown, a policy and economics analyst, this executive summary highlights how Medicaid expansions would impact Colorado's economy.
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PDF icon Insights: The 2012 Colorado Health Symposium
Publication date:
Summer, 2012
Subtitled "Health Equity: Bridging the Divides," this 16-page document captures the best moments from the 2012 Colorado Health Symposium. The report includes provocative quotes and compelling data from the Symposium's keynote speakers.
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PDF icon Prevention: Strong Investments in Colorado's Health
Publication date:
Spring, 2012
Investing in evidence-based public health programs could substantially reduce health costs in Colorado, according to this supplement to the 2011 Colorado Health Report Card. The Report Card itself is available online or through a  PDF Icon Transparent downloadable PDF.
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PDF icon Summary Report: The Colorado Blueprint for Promoting Integrated Care Sustainability
Publication date:
Winter, 2012
This summary highlights the recommendations from the Promoting Integrated Care Sustainability project for moving integrated care to the mainstream of Colorado's health care system. For more details, download the  PDF Icon Transparent complete 35-page report.
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PDF icon The Status of Behavioral Health Care in Colorado: 2011 Highlights
Publication date:
Fall, 2011
Key findings from Advancing Colorado's Mental Health Care's 2011 report are highlighted in this 12-page summary. The report provides a comprehensive assessment and critical analysis of the state's public and private mental health and substance abuse disorders systems. For more details, download PDF icon ACMHC's complete 228-page report and the PDF icon final grantee report.
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PDF icon Healthy Food For All: Encouraging Grocery Investment in Colorado
Publication date:
Fall, 2011
This report outlines policy recommendations to improve access to affordable, healthy food and stimulate economic development in Denver and throughout Colorado. It is authored by the Denver Food Access Task Force, a partnership of leaders from the retail food industry, state and local government, public health, economic and community development sectors, and nonprofit foundations.
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PDF icon Healthy Connections in Colorado: A Primer for HIT Success
Publication date:
Fall, 2011
In 2007, the Foundation launched its Healthy Connections initiative, designed to accelerate the adoption of health information technology (HIT) systems throughout Colorado. Results from the four-year initiative are detailed in this report.
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PDF icon Insights: 2011 Colorado Health Symposium
Publication date:
Fall, 2011
A summary of the 2011 Colorado Health Symposium, this report explores some promising solutions that could make a difference in the nation's health.
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PDF icon Health at a Crossroads
Publication date: Winter, 2011
This supplement to the 2010 Colorado Health Report Card details how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will likely impact the Report Card's indicators.
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PDF icon Insights: 2010 Colorado Health Symposium
Publication date: Fall, 2010
Featuring insights, quotable quotes and observations from plenary and keynote speakers from the 2010 Colorado Health Symposium, this white paper explores the challenge of improving quality while controlling costs in health care.
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PDF icon  HITECH Revisited
Publication date: Summer, 2010
In 2009, Congress earmarked $19 billion to help health care providers upgrade their technology. Authored by Manatt Health Solutions, this report looks at how those dollars are impacting the health care system.
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PDF icon  Special Report: The Need for More Supermarkets in Colorado
Publication date: Winter, 2009
Produced by The Food Trust in conjunction with the University of Colorado, this report demonstrates how the uneven distribution of food in Colorado disproportionately affects large numbers of low-income people.
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PDF icon  The Future of Colorado Health Care
Publication date: Fall, 2009
Compiled by the New America Foundation in collaboration with University of Denver's Center for Colorado's Economic Future, this report provides a statistical glimpse of how health care reform would impact Colorado's economy.
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PDF icon  Food Access in Colorado
Publication date: Fall, 2009
Increasing access to healthy, fresh and affordable food in low-income, food desert communities will help reduce the rate of chronic disease found among their residents, according to this report.
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PDF icon  Connecting HIT Building Blocks
Publication date: Summer, 2009
How should Colorado target and use stimulus dollars intended to upgrade its health information technology? This report provides some recommendations.
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PDF icon  Health Insurance Benefit Adequacy
Publication date: Spring, 2009
Written by Barbara Yondorf of Yondorf & Associates, focuses on Colorado's growing underinsured population and describes benefit design elements that can help ensure adequate coverage.
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PDF icon  School-Based Health Centers: Gateway to Healthier Children
Publication date: Spring, 2009
This briefing shows how school-based health centers can reduce the number of teens who suffer from costly health problems, help teens manage chronic conditions and positively influence academic performance.
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PDF icon  Increasing Enrollment in Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus
Publication date: Spring, 2009
With a growing number of Coloradans eligible but not enrolled in public programs, this report describes some success approaches for improving enrollment and outreach.
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PDF icon  Healthy Schools: Key to a Healthier Colorado
Publication date: Winter, 2009
How can schools can cure many of the ills plaguing Colorado's children and teens while ensuring a healthier future for the state? This report provides some answers.
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PDF icon  Health Information Technology in Colorado
Publication date: Fall, 2008
A follow-up to a previous white paper, " Health Information Technology: A Strategy for Creating a Healthier Colorado," this report focuses on the progress being made on HIT in the state.
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PDF icon  Income, Education and Obesity: A Closer Look at Inequities in Colorado's Obesity Problem
Publication date: Fall, 2008
A supplement to the Colorado Health Report Card, this special report examines the growing problem of obesity and the strong connection between obesity and socioeconomic factors.
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PDF icon  Obesity: What the Research Shows
Publication date: Fall, 2008
The supplement for the Colorado Health Report Card shows how factors like socioeconomic status fit into the equation of the national obesity epidemic.
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PDF icon  Health Information Technology: A Strategy for Creating a Healthier Colorado  
Publication date: Winter, 2007
An examination into the role health information technology can play on delivering quality, affordable health care to low-income, uninsured populations.
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