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: 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 […]

RHC Profiles: A Former Minister Makes Health Connections as an RHC


Custer County High School in Westcliffe had been running a suicide prevention program called Sources of Strength for three years when it ran out of money to pay for it. That’s when Regional Health Connector Mike Orrill, who works for Chaffee County Public Health, met the school’s football coach. The coach, who oversaw the program, […]

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