Caring for Colorado’s funding priorities have been developed over the years through active community input. This is sought regularly at foundation-sponsored community meetings and in our work with health care partners throughout the state. We also shape our priorities by assessing critical health care needs and gaps facing Coloradans, while also working to align funding decisions with current efforts in health care reform.
In 2012, the Caring for Colorado Board of Directors established the following targeted priorities for the foundation through 2014:
- strengthening the primary care safety net
- oral health
- mental health
- health professions
- care coordination and patient navigation
These targeted areas, fit within the foundation’s broad funding priorities that have been part of the foundation’s work since its inception in 2000. These broad priorities are: build health care capacity, strengthen systems of care, link people to care, promote prevention and special initiatives. A description and examples of each priority area follows.