Nine Colorado Communities Awarded Grants to Improve Health Access

“It’s About Kids” communities around Colorado to increase understanding and support for kids’ access to health services.

Contact: Tara Manthey
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Phone: (720) 256-1312
Email: tara@coloradokids.org

Nine Colorado Communities Awarded Grants to Improve Health Access

“It’s About Kids” communities around Colorado to increase understanding and support for kids’ access to health services.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 15th, 2012

Denver, CO – Nine Colorado communities will help improve kids’ access to health care through grants from the Colorado Children’s Campaign. With support from The Colorado Trust, more than $13,000 in grants will help “It’s About Kids” network partners around the state improve understanding of children’s health care issues and increase support for health access for kids. The grants will support work in the San Luis Valley and Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, Montezuma, Dolores, La Plata, Pitkin and Pueblo counties.

“Our partners around the state know better than anyone that Coloradans should get the care they need, when they need it,” said Chris Watney, President and CEO of the Colorado Children’s Campaign. “Decisions about health care are too important to be left solely to others, and our partners want everyone in their community to have a voice in making health care work. Working together, we can make sure Colorado kids get the health care they need.”

The It’s About Kids network is the Children’s Campaign’s volunteer, statewide, grassroots advocacy network. The network of 2,400 individuals helps advance the mission of the Children’s Campaign by spreading the word about the unique needs of the children in their individual communities, sharing information to help shape and support the Children’s Campaign’s legislative priorities and building relationships with local lawmakers and the media.

The grants announced today were awarded as part of a larger effort, led by The Colorado Trust, to increase Coloradans’ understanding of health care issues, and build support for improved health coverage and a more effective, cost-efficient health care system. This is the second round of grants distributed to It’s About Kids partners through a competitive application process.

“There is no one more powerful in bringing the needs of local communities to the attention of decisions makers than local community members,” Watney said. “These community leaders make a real difference in kids’ lives, and we are proud to partner with them.”

The grants announced today include support to:

  • San Luis Valley: Develop and distribute an It’s About Kids brochure to recruit additional members and host three events focused on the whole child with key components of healthy development.
  • Eagle County and Mesa County: Support local participation in the Family Leadership Training Institute, which trains individuals to become effective leaders in improving their communities.
  • Garfield County: Develop and distribute an It’s About Kids brochure to promote the network and support bringing local health, education and early childhood development advocates to the State Capitol to improve advocacy skills.
  • Montezuma and Dolores Counties: Conduct three community advocacy trainings and a family night to promote community services; develop a restaurant table tent to promote good nutrition and access to health services.
  • La Plata County: Enhance the capacity of the local network and strengthen community relationships to engage the public and policy makers on children’s issues through website enhancements.
  • Pitkin County: Develop and distribute a brochure highlighting KIDS COUNT data on child well-being specific to Pitkin County; bring several community members to the State Capitol to improve advocacy skills.
  • Pueblo County: Continue an ongoing effort to identify uninsured or underinsured families through child care referral calls and help enroll them in a health insurance program.

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About Colorado Children's Campaign


The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonpartisan, nonprofit research and advocacy organization focused on improving the quality of and expanding access to child health, K-12 education and early childhood experiences. For more information, please visit www.coloradokids.org.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Tara Manthey at (720) 256-1312 or email Tara at tara@coloradokids.org.