At Caring for Colorado we understand that having an insurance card doesn’t always result in access to care. People often need help navigating highly complex health care systems or they need help with various supports to improve access to care. We work with our partners to link people to health care in order to overcome the barriers presented by geography, culture, income, language and system fragmentation. To do so, we support organizations that are working to:
- Offer care coordination and patient navigation services, especially for underserved populations.
- Facilitate enrollment in public insurance and other social service programs so that people can access healthcare services.
- Provide community-level health transportation to reduce transportation or geographic barriers to health care.
Promote the delivery of culturally competent care through translation and interpretation services.
Examples of Caring for Colorado linking grants:
Dental Lifeline Network, Statewide
Linking low-income disabled, elderly or medically at-risk adults with volunteer dentists who will provide free care to those whose health is compromised due to dental disease
Denver Indian Family Resource Center, metro Denver
Providing culturally appropriate case management services to families to ensure that families are enrolled in insurance programs, have medical and dental homes, and have access to resources and education to reduce health disparities in the American Indian population.
Gunnison County Health and Human Services, Multicultural Resource Office, Gunnison and Hinsdale counties
Providing health navigation services to low-income, uninsured and underinsured Spanish speaking individuals and families.
Montrose County Senior Citizens Transportation, Delta, Montrose and San Miguel counties
Providing medical transportation for seniors and persons with disabilities to help them get to medical appointments, physical therapy, and to pick up prescriptions.
Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers, Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin counties
Working with Resource Coordinators at the school-based Student Health & Well-Being program to help medically underserved students and their families access physical, oral, mental and vision care and family support services.