Monday, July 30, 2012

Primary Care Office Offers Local Safety Net Tool

The Colorado Primary Care Office (PCO), in cooperation with the Colorado Community Health Network (CCHN), is proud to announce that county-level Need for Assistance worksheets have been posted to the Primary Care Office website. The Colorado Primary Care Office is the first to have created such a service for its partners!

This service is imperative for expanding health care to Colorado’s medically underserved. This new endeavor also substantially elevates customer service to Colorado’s federally-qualified health centers (community health centers) and saves countless hours of difficult data collection. The PCO utilized internal data expertise to help supplement the increasing development needs of community health centers that don't always have the data analysis expertise they need as they strive to expand primary care access in their communities.

These worksheets are suitable for all safety-net providers and can be used for Service Area Competitive grant applications, Budget Period Renewals, New Access Point applications, and other various grant opportunities. The data also can be useful for community level planning and primary care access needs throughout Colorado.

Because of the importance of reducing the barriers of access to health care, the PCO has permanently implemented annual data collection for our state’s safety-net. Need for Assistance worksheets will be updated each fall. Unless otherwise noted, data were prepared by the Health Statistics Section at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). View county data on the PCO website here.

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