Promising local reforms and collaborative leadership approaches to health care systems change can be found throughout our great state. At the forefront of this statewide movement are local communities taking the lead in innovation and implementation. Across the state, Colorado communities are establishing health alliances of health care leaders, providers, and community residents to work together to improve their community’s health.
Since mid-2012, CCMU has had the privilege of convening these alliances in a statewide learning network, called the Colorado Network of Health Alliances, that aims to increase the capacity, visibility, and efficiency of their collective work.
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The Statewide Network has grown to 27 alliances, representing over two-thirds of the counties in Colorado, and over 300 agencies around the state. Building on a year of networking and shared learning, Network members are now exploring collective work on statewide projects and initiatives.
As local and national health reforms usher in regional and statewide approaches to health systems change and delivery of health care services, we believe communities must respond in tune. The Network is rapidly becoming an unprecedented opportunity and platform to support and facilitate such local and collective responses in Colorado.
Alliance Focus Areas
Three strategies for local health care change are common among members of the Colorado Network of Health Alliances:
- Developing Health Care Leadership for Change – Health alliances are on the front lines of identifying and developing champions for health care change in communities across Colorado.
- Increasing Access to the Health Care System – Health alliances are working hard to catalyze new health care access points, maximize enrollment in new health insurance coverage options, improve health equity, and prepare to care for the needs of persons who will remain uninsured after the Affordable Care Act is implemented.
- Improving and Strengthening the Health Care System – Through formal alliances health and community leaders across the state are constantly searching for ways to coordinate services, limit duplication, and pool resources.
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