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, Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved (CCMU) has had the privilege of convening these alliances in a statewide learning network, Colorado Network of Health Alliances (the Network), that aims to increase the capacity, visibility, and efficiency of their collective work.
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Currently, the Network collectively represents 91 percent of the state’s population and nearly 850 Colorado agencies. In 2015, the Network decided to move beyond a shared learning collaborative to a formalized membership association working toward a common agenda. The formalization of membership resulted in a slight decrease in formal members in the Network compared to 2014, from 28 to 24 health alliances.
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.
- Planning for the ACA Toolkit
- Collaboration Toolkit (PDF)
- The Rise of Collaboration – A Case Study Analysis of Colorado’s Health Alliances (PDF)
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