The vast majority of Coloradans are in good health. However, data from the Colorado Health Access Survey shows that nearly 800,000 Coloradans, 15% of our population, are in fair to poor health.
The evidence is clear: our health is impacted by social conditions and our interactions with the health care system. Many Coloradans enjoy good health and report that the health care system in Colorado is meeting their family’s needs, but not all share this experience, and some face poorer prospects for good health and health care. To maximize health in Colorado, we must broaden our thinking about health to something that starts in our families and communities and is impacted by our race, our education, our income, and the availability of health care services. The more we think of health this way, the more opportunities we have to improve it, and the more we are able to pursue policy and community health systems changes that will enable everyone in Colorado to have the opportunity to live a healthy life.
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