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

At a population level, social systems have a greater impact on individual health outcomes than health care. However, when Colorado children and families need physical, behavioral and oral health care, it should be easily accessible and of the highest quality.

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.

The Children’s Campaign works with partners and individuals who have experienced unanticipated adverse health care outcomes to improve access to quality health care in Colorado. We work to ensure that pregnant and postpartum people and children receive the right care at the right time and right place and work to integrate care into schools and other community settings. This work includes:

  • Leading coalitions to change policy in order to improve infant, youth, adolescent and maternal behavioral health
  • Collaborating to improve population health through increased immunization, a reduction of tobacco and nicotine consumption, and access to fluoridated water and needed oral health services
  • Expanding access to high quality family planning services across the state
 

Recent Policy Successes

House Bill 20-1427, Tobacco & Nicotine Tax for Housing, Education, & Pre-K, refers a question to votes in November to raise taxes on nicotine products to fill budget deficits caused by the pandemic, and also establish a universal preschool program that targets the greatest resources to those with the most barriers.

Senate Bill 17-254, the 2017-2018 state budget, allows for Medicaid to reimburse for up to three maternal depression screenings under a child’s Medicaid ID.

House Bill 16-1405, the 2016-2017 state budget, supports an evidence-based program that provides comprehensive contraceptive services, including hormonal implants and IUDs, for those who may not be able to access them otherwise.

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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