Everyone should be able to get the care they need, when they need it.

By working together, we can improve our community health systems and reach our fullest potential. Your voice matters, because decisions about your health care are too important to be left to others. By participating in one or all of the following action steps, you’ll be helping to realize the goal of creating a health care system that meets the needs of all Coloradans.

Take personal steps toward a healthier lifestyle

To be our healthiest we need to stop thinking of health as something we get at the doctor’s office but instead as something that starts in our families, in our schools and workplaces, and in our playgrounds and parks. Commit to trying to improve your health by being more active, eating healthier foods, and taking care of yourself when you don’t feel well.

If you or your children are uninsured, find out if you’re eligible for health insurance.

Colorado has many affordable health insurance options for families and more are becoming available every day. Visit your local clinic or health department for application assistance or visit Colorado’s PEAK website to check your eligibility and apply for public coverage. If your employer does not offer insurance, and you do not qualify for public insurance, find additional options at ConnectforHealthCO.com.

Record your health story or listen to the health stories of other Coloradans.

Make your voice heard. Share your health care experiences with Colorado HealthStory and join the conversation about health. You can also learn more about what health care is like in your community by listening to health stories told by Coloradans from around the state.

Talk to your neighbor or a public official about health issues in your community.

Speak up! Share your knowledge about health care with people in your community to increase public awareness of health issues. Urge your elected officials to understand Colorado’s health care system and to both support its strengths and develop concrete solutions that address its deficiencies.

Attend a town hall meeting hosted by your elected representative.

Most elected officials have a website that advertises upcoming town hall meetings—search online for their names and get on their distribution lists so you can be sure to attend. Town hall meetings are a great way of getting to know your elected officials and asking them questions directly.

Host a meeting.

Consider inviting a spokesperson from CCMU to attend one of your book club events, a neighborhood gathering, or your organization’s next meeting to educate and motivate your friends, family, and colleagues to get involved. We’d love to provide the latest information and answer questions in-person!

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