Health is determined by more than health care alone. Many factors, such as transportation, nutrition, education, influence our health outside of the doctor's office.
Primary care builds trust. the unique relationship between a primary care practice and a patient can uncover opportunities for connections to comprehensive services.
Health is local. Health starts in the neighborhoods where we live, learn, work, and play, and sustainable solutions must honor local diversity.
Action must be based on evidence. Local data and experience paired with scientific studies can help us achieve better health outcomes faster.
There is more to learn. Innovative approaches to complex challenges will improve the future of health and health care.
Coordination leads to better health. Connected, comprehensive care will leverage available resources to keep Coloradans healthy.
The Regional Health Connector program is supported by two federally funded initiatives: the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) and EvidenceNOW Southwest (ENSW). It is developed and managed by the Colorado Health Institute (CHI) and Trailhead Institute under contract with the Colorado SIM Office (for SIM funding) and the University of Colorado (for ENSW funding).
Trailhead and CHI have selected local organizations across the state to host a Regional Health Connector (RHC). These RHC Host Organizations participate in both SIM and ENSW.
The project described was supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS-1G1-14-001 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and by grant number 1R18HS023904-01 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM), a four-year initiative, is funded by up to $65 million from CMS. EvidenceNOW Southwest (ENSW), a three-year initiative, is funded by up to $14.8 million from AHRQ. The content provided is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.