Immigrants are an important part of Colorado’s culture, economy, and future.
When we say we want a health care system that works for all Coloradans, we mean one that works for immigrants, too. However, many immigrants are prevented from accessing health care or purchasing health insurance due to laws and policies that unfairly target them. We bring together immigrant rights, health advocacy, and direct service organizations to respond to short-term challenges to immigrants’ health and the long-term vision of a health care system that works for all immigrants, regardless of immigration or documentation status. We’re building hope and power in immigrant communities to hold the health care system accountable and building allyship and momentum to close gaps in health coverage.
We’re taking action.
Coalition for Immigrant Health
Since May 2016, we have been convening a group of smart, dedicated community organizers, advocates, service providers, and researchers to explore policy and other solutions to improving immigrant health coverage and access in Colorado. Together, we’ve worked on several campaigns:
- BLOG POST – Coalition for Immigrant Health
- RESOURCES – Public Charge Education & Advocacy
- BLOG POST – Driving Away Barriers to Health Access
- MEMO – The Case for Supporting the I Drive Colorado Campaign (PDF)
- LETTER – Calling for a clean DREAM Act (PDF)
- STATEMENT – Coalition for Immigrant Health Principles (PDF)
Interested in joining the Coalition? Contact Rayna Hetlage.
Even though the challenges of improving access to health coverage and care for immigrants of varying documentation status are complex, we believe there are commonsense solutions, and that those solutions are achievable with well-informed data and perspectives. Read some of what we’ve written about immigrant health issues:
- BLOG POST – Creating Safe Spaces Program
- BRIEF – DACA: A Pro-Health Policy
- BRIEF – Population Demographics & Insurance Status
- BRIEF – Immigration Policy is Health Policy
- STATEMENT – Proposed “Public Charge” Rule Change
- STATEMENT – Federal Immigration Policy Changes
Community Organizing & Leadership Development
We believe that working directly with Coloradans to advocate for themselves and their communities is the solution to a more equitable health care system. We are engaging with immigrants and their families who are directly impacted by the lack of access to health care, in order to build power, leadership, and a sense of community among people of color, immigrants, and their allies in a strong multiracial movement for health equity in Colorado. We’re working with immigrants and refugees to better understand their local health systems and resources in rural Colorado, and mobilizing with local community members on state and federal threats to safety in immigrant communities across the state.
- BLOG POST – How Organizers Build Power in Immigrant Communities
- BLOG POST – Morgan Health Connectors
If you want to learn more, or if you work directly with immigrant populations or you are an immigrant who would like to get involved in this work, please contact our Director of Community Organizing, Theresa Trujillo.