Child Health

In order to be healthy, Colorado’s kids need financially secure, stable and safe families and communities, ample amounts of healthy foods, thriving caregivers, quality, affordable health insurance coverage, and access to high quality health care that meets their physical, behavioral and oral health needs.

We know that throughout our nation’s history, policies, institutions and organizations have created systems in which the resources needed to be healthy and opportunities for health are inequitably distributed. These inequities have a greater influence on health outcomes than either individual choices or the provision of health care. Our work includes recognizing and understanding inequitable policies, working to dismantle and reduce harm from those policies, and creating new policies and systems that allow all Colorado families equitable opportunities to thrive.

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Where Colorado Stands

Colorado is widely recognized as one of the healthiest states in the nation but our systems are failing too many of our children and families.

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  • Many Colorado families are struggling to find an affordable place to call home, as housing costs have skyrocketed in many parts of the state and incomes have not kept pace. Access to safe, stable housing can be particularly challenging for families with children, and families with kids are more likely to face eviction than households without children.
  • We have expanded access to healthy school foods for tens of thousands of Colorado students, but food security remains a challenge for too many Colorado families.
  • In line with national trends, Colorado’s maternal mortality rate is rising dramatically, and the experience of racism means that women and infants of color have worse outcomes than their white peers.
  • Thanks to important decisions made by Colorado lawmakers, together with implementation of federal health reform, Colorado has made great strides in ensuring that our kids have access to health insurance. However, progress has stalled in recent years and substantial disparities remain in health insurance coverage among Colorado kids. Challenges also remain in access to quality health care services.

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What the Children’s Campaign is Doing

With the support of the Children’s Campaign, meaningful policy has been passed at the federal and state levels over the last few years to lay the foundation for getting kids the care they need, when and where they need it. Our priority now is to make sure those polices are implemented appropriately and to build upon them. All Colorado children should have health coverage and the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong with support at home, school, and the community. The Children’s Campaign is focused on the following key policy priorities:

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Creating financially secure, stable and safe families and communities

In order to live their healthiest lives, children need to live in families that are financially secure, have stable and affordable housing, and live in communities without gun violence. Ensuring the safety of Colorado’s children is one of the primary focuses of the Children’s Campaign.

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Ensuring Colorado kids and families have access to ample amounts of healthy food

When kids fail to get enough food—or enough of the right kinds of food—their physical and cognitive development suffers. We work to ensure that children have access to healthy foods wherever they go–at home, in child care settings, and at school.

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Allowing Caregivers to Thrive

Children need healthy, thriving caregivers who are able to support them. We advocate for the support of caregivers – they need support too!

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Ensuring access to quality, affordable health insurance coverage for kids and families

Insurance coverage improves financial security, health status, mental health, and access to health care, and decreases infant, child, and adult mortality rates. In order to allow children and families to thrive, we believe that health insurance coverage needs to be not only available, but also affordable.

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Ensuring access to high quality health care that meets the physical, behavioral, and oral health needs of kids and families

The Children’s Campaign focuses on improving behavioral health for infants, youths, adolescents and pregnant and postpartum people, as well as population health through immunization, a reduction of tobacco and nicotine consumption, and access to fluoridated water and needed oral health services, and expanding access to high quality family planning services across the state.

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Looking for Info on Child Well-Being?

Our annual KIDS COUNT in Colorado! report tracks the best available state- and county-level data on child well-being in Colorado. Find out how kids are faring in your community.

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