Regional Health Connectors improve health in Colorado by connecting the systems that keep us healthy - including primary care, public health, social services, and other community resources.

What does a Regional Health Connector do?

Connects primary care with community-based behavioral health and social services.
Develops three unique projects to advance community health.
Partners with clinical quality improvement teams to help practices prepare for new models of care and reach their goals
Recommends reliable resources to improve health outcomes.

RHC Profiles: Building Resilient Communities in Southwest Colorado


Mary Dengler-Frey knows something about building things. As a Regional Health Connector (RHC) at the Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education Center, she’s assembled programs and recruited providers to tackle three challenging problems: opioid addiction and substance abuse, diabetes, and suicide. In her public health work, she has drawn upon a previous career as an architect. […]

RHC Profiles: Finding a Place in Northeast Colorado

A mural in Sterling Colorado created by Communities That Care.

Regional Health Connector Jeff Appleman’s favorite thing about Fort Morgan, population 11,000, is its small-town feel. “It’s a strong community. They’re always looking out for each other,” he said of his northeast Colorado home. “In Denver, you’ll go to a meeting that’s catered by Panera or whatever. Here, I’m getting home- cooked meals.” Jeff is […]

RHC Profiles: Addressing Invisible Needs in Colorado’s Mountains

A view of Carbondale

Life in the towns and resort communities along and near Interstate 70 in Colorado can appear to be idyllic. But below the surface, some residents, and their health needs, are often overlooked. That concerns Namrata Shrestha, the Regional Health Connector (RHC) in Garfield, Eagle, Pitkin, and Summit counties. Based at the West Mountain Regional Health […]

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