Physical and Oral Health
Physical and oral health care is essential for the well-being of Coloradans. Despite this, not all Colorado kids and families have access to high quality and affordable care. The Colorado Children’s Campaign works to improve access and affordability for families in the settings that they prefer – and to improve communication around our health systems, which can be incredibly difficult to navigate.
Healthy infancy and childhood begin with prenatal care and a healthy birthing parent. To be healthy, pregnant people need access to a safe home and community environment, nutritious food, safe places to exercise, and social support. They also need access to comprehensive health care that includes dental and mental health care. Investment in policies that promote health and wellness for all pregnant people sets the stage for healthy and thriving Colorado kids.
The first three years in a child’s life are formative years of development. During this time, the brain develops more than at any other time in life. The experiences children have during this period have a strong influence on their future social, emotional, and physical health. Safe environments, protective and loving relationships, and access to care all foster healthy development. Early investment in the health of Colorado children will lead to healthy thriving adults who will contribute to Colorado’s economic well-being.
Recent Policy Successes
In partnership with advocates and policy makers, the Colorado Children’s Campaign has worked towards meaningful policy change at both the federal and state level to lay the foundation for getting kids and families the care they need. All Colorado children and families should have health coverage and the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong. Some of our most notable successes include the following:
SB 21-137 (Pettersen/Michaelson Jenet & Kennedy) Behavioral Health Restoration Act, makes investments in perinatal depression screens in Medicaid, early childhood mental health consultants, and school-based mental health professionals.
HB19-1038 (Duran & Lontine/Ginal & Story) Dental Services for Pregnant Women on Child Health Plan Plus provides dental insurance for the 900 pregnant Coloradans each year who use Colorado’s Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) for their health insurance.