Thursday, January 21, 2021

Webinar from the American Medical Association and the Release the Pressure Campaign


AMA: Racism in Healthcare Webinar Series - Release the Pressure

The American Medical Association is a member of the Release the Pressure (RTP) coalition which is focused on blood pressure control in Blacks.

The 2021 campaign will launch with an RTP Wellness Wednesday event, January 27 at 7:00 p.m. CST / 8:00 p.m. EST via

During this special episode, Tom Joyner will host an all-Black male panel discussion on racism in health care. It’s a conversation you don’t want to miss!

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Increased Health Access through Integrated Health Home

Colorado has been a national leader in supporting whole-person health, especially in underserved communities. Integrated care models can be found in safety net systems across the state. One such model takes place at an Integrated Health Home in Boulder, Colo. This Integrated Health Home is a unique partnership between Mental Health Partners, a behavioral health organization; Dental Aid, a nonprofit dental clinic; and the medical team from Clinica Family Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center.

Before accessing services in the Integrated Health Home, 32% of patients visited an emergency department for health needs. After six months of accessing care through an integrated model, only 13% of patients utilized an emergency department for their health needs.

The Caring For Colorado Foundation and The Colorado Health Foundation provided funding to include dental care through the SMILES Virtual Dental Home grant into Mental Health Partners’ Integrated Health Home model. Additionally, Phase II of Colorado’s Accountable Care Collaborative is supporting sustainability of this work. The videos listed here highlight patient, provider and organizational leadership experiences, demonstrating the benefits of integrated health services.

The Caring For Colorado Foundation and The Colorado Health Foundation provided funding to include dental care through the SMILES Virtual Dental Home grant into Mental Health Partners’ Integrated Health Home model. Additionally, Phase II of Colorado’s Accountable Care Collaborative is supporting sustainability of this work.

Development of these videos was made possible by state funding from CDPHE’s Oral Health Unit. The videos were developed before COVID-19 and do not reflect current infection control processes or safety precautions currently in place.

For additional background information, please see this document.

The Colorado Energy Office Request for Applications (RFA)

The Colorado Energy Office has released a Request for Applications (RFA) to solicit proposals to develop and implement eBike deployment projects.

As part of the Can Do Colorado Community Challenge, this program seeks to increase access to eBikes for low-income essential workers while maximizing air quality benefits. Additional program objectives include piloting a variety of eBike distribution models including individual ownership and shared deployment, expanding eBike access in communities across the state, and laying a foundation for future scalability and replicability.

This project is being funded in partnership between CEO, City and County of Denver, and Regional Air Quality Council for a total of approximately $560,000. CEO anticipates making four to six awards, each between $75,000 to $150,000.

This solicitation is open to all public, private, and nonprofit entities.

All program information, including RFA documents and program updates, are posted at

Monday, January 11, 2021

American Heart Month Webinar: Outreach Tools and Resources


AHM Webinar Banner 2021

American Heart Month will soon be here! Please join the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institue on January 12th at 2:00pm ET for an American Heart Month 2021 webinar to learn about resources you can use in your efforts to promote heart-healthy behaviors among those you serve, your community, colleagues, friends, and family.

Taking care of our hearts has never been more important. This year the theme for February’s observance will focus on heart health being a part of self-care. When we take care of #OurHearts as part of our self-care, we set an example for those around us to do the same! During the webinar you’ll learn how to inspire and motivate yourself and those you love to make protecting your heart health a regular part of your self-care routine.

The Heart Truth team will provide information about new resources you can use as part of your outreach efforts to raise awareness about heart disease and encourage heart-healthy lifestyles in the communities you serve. You’ll also learn about the “Our Hearts” map where you can share your organization’s events and activities on social media.

Register here.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Colorado Farm to Early Care and Education Coalition Funding Opportunity

The Colorado Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE) Coalition seeks a contractor with strategic planning experience to develop a roadmap for advancing Farm to ECE in Colorado for 2021 and beyond. 

Responses will be accepted until January 22, 2021. Questions? Please contact Wendy Peters Moschetti, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Nourish Colorado. 

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

State of Reform - Bridging the Gap Between Health Care and Health Policy

Join Colorado Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera, event host Kim Bimestefer, Health Cabinet Executive Directors and industry leaders for an important Health Policy Summit.

The Agenda is a list of policy makers, advocates, payers, care providers and other industry stakeholders from across Colorado’s health care sector.

Monday, December 21, 2020

Strategic planning and FY22 and FY23 Funding Cycle extension

Colorado’s Chronic Disease State Plan and Tobacco Strategic Plan are set to end in 2020 but the state is extending the grants until FY23 in order to ensure an inclusive and comprehensive strategic planning process. The Board of Health will need to approve these extensions

 These strategic plans inform the funding priorities for the Amendment35 grant programs. The Cancer, Cardiovascular, and Chronic Pulmonary Disease (CCPD) and State Tobacco Education and Prevention Partnership (STEPP) Grant Programs contracted with John Snow Institute (JSI) to facilitate the new strategic planning process and update these plans. 


CCPD and STEPP want the next grant funding cycle to reflect these new strategic plans, insights from the community engagement and dialogue, and to respond to what we’ve learned from the evaluation of the currently funded projects. Much of the strategic planning engagement during 2020 has been curbed by the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, limits on travel, and the number of people with which the programs could engage. The programs want to extend their strategic planning process to ensure continued community engagement and dialogue so that the next round of awards is informed and shaped by the prospective community partners and progressive thinking about upstream factors and racial equity. Therefore, CDPHE will postpone the next round of funding opportunity announcements by one more year, into FY23 (releasing the next RFA in the summer of 2022).  


The grant extension proposals will be shared with the review committees and will be communicated to the public before the committees decide on the final funding recommendations. Grantees may use the public comment period to provide feedback. The Board of Health (BOH) needs to approve the extensions. Here is a draft timeline:

  • December 2020 - Review Committee approved criteria to be used in the extensions process

  • January-February 2021 - CDPHE will share grant project extension recommendations at committee meetings. Review Committee approves funding recommendations for extensions.

  • March 2021 - CDPHE will seek BOH approval on the extensions.

  • Spring 2021 - Contract extension negotiations.

  • July 1, 2021 - Contract extensions execution target date.


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