This session, we defeated harmful bills that would have especially targeted families that rely on Medicaid for their health care, LGBTQ Coloradans, and immigrants. We also brought a health perspective to issues not normally associated with health care, and spoke out against injustice.
In 2017, we undertook intensive strategic planning and re-branding processes that gave us new clarity and direction for our work. We renewed our commitment to bringing people together to ensure factors like race, income, and ZIP code don’t determine a person’s access to care or opportunity to live a healthy life.
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders face increased barriers to good health because of systemic and historic injustices. However, most or all of the disparities in health outcomes are masked because data is aggregated into one racial category instead of many diverse ethnicities.
Legislators should consider supporting the I Drive Colorado campaign because of the significant public health benefits of providing Colorado’s immigrants with a standard form of identification and the ability to drive legally.
In the almost six years of its existence, DACA has had a significant positive impact on the health of both our immigrant communities and overall public health. There is a strong connection between DACA policy and immigrant health and safety, access to health coverage and care, and our health care workforce.