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Together Colorado Receives $25,000 Award

Health Care Reform

May 15, 2014  |  The Colorado Trust Blog  |  Link to article

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The Colorado Trust is pleased to share that Together Colorado is the recipient of the 2014 John R. Moran, Jr. Grantee Leadership Award and a $25,000 grant from The Colorado Trust. Together Colorado played an exceptional role as a Project Health Colorado (PHC) partner in helping raise awareness, understanding and support for changes in health care. By engaging, training and empowering faith leaders and diverse communities, as well as through peer-to-peer learning with other PHC partners, Together Colorado demonstrated strong leadership and results across a number of different efforts, particularly in helping raise the voice and interests of community members.

One such effort is their Bridges to Care program. In collaboration with the Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN), the program sends health coaches, nurse practitioners, behavioral health care coordinators and social workers to high-needs patients' homes. The program focuses on residents who are in and out of the hospital, like Rebecca Yanes. Yanes has diabetes and is on disability. Her income makes her ineligible for Medicaid and she often uses the emergency department for care. Through the Bridges to Care program with Together Colorado, Yanes was able to receive consecutive, personalized care in her own home. Eliana Mastrangelo, Community Organizer with Together Colorado, says access to specialty care is especially difficult to find, and safety-net clinics in Aurora often have long waiting lists.

The Bridges to Care project combines a clinical intervention with vulnerable patients (provided by MPCN) with a community organizing strategy to build patient and community voice and the public will to create a true community-centered health system. Leaders and organizers have devised a community organizing intervention with the following objectives: engage patients one-on-one in their health story; bring small groups of patients together to share stories and learn a few basics of community organizing; and, eventually, build a patient leadership team to advocate (for themselves and others) for personal health care needs and solutions to common barriers to accessing care in Aurora. With the $25,000 award, Together Colorado will be able to continue to serve the community with meaningful programs and solutions.

The leadership award was created in recognition of John R. Moran, Jr., former long-time President and CEO of The Colorado Trust, for his devotion to improving the health and well-being of people across the state. Moran retired from The Colorado Trust in 2006, following 21 years of service with the foundation.

This is the eighth year The Colorado Trust has made this award. Past recipients are the Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved (2013), West Central Public Health Partnership (2012), Northside Child Health Center (2011), The Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics (2010), Colorado Children's Healthcare Access Program (2009), Denver Indian Family Resource Center (2008) and Safe2Tell (2007).

Visit togethercolorado.org to learn more about Together Colorado and their work.

 

by Scott Downes
Senior Program Officer, The Colorado Trust