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 a local priority project 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: Raising Awareness About a Silent Need in Douglas County

Laura Don prepares volunteers for a day at a no-cost health clinic in Douglas County.

Douglas County, just south of Denver, is one of the most affluent places in the country. But that distinction means little to the 4 percent of the county’s close-to-350,000 residents who live in poverty. Laura Don, the Regional Health Connector for Douglas County, works to ensure that 4 percent isn’t forgotten. “There’s a sense that […]

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 […]

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