Immigrants are an important part of Colorado’s culture, economy, and future.
Immigrants contribute labor, tax dollars, and consumer spending to our state’s growing economy, but they face unequal access to health coverage and care. To identify the solutions that will close these gaps, Colorado needs well-informed data and perspectives, informed by and aligned with the real needs and priorities of immigrants. Center for Health Progress is bringing together a diverse group of partners to explore public policy and other solutions while developing the leadership of immigrants to drive this work.
Dive deep with our comprehensive research:
- BRIEF – Population Demographics & Insurance Status
- REPORT – Driver’s Licenses for Immigrants as Public Health Issue (PDF)
- LETTER – Letter to Colorado’s Congressional Delegation Supporting Passage of a Clean Dream Bill (PDF)
Community Organizing and Leadership Development
We believe that empowering Coloradans to advocate for themselves 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 their leadership in this work. We offer connections to community organizing trainings, leadership development opportunities, and more.
Solutions-Oriented Research and Convening
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. We have been convening a group of smart, dedicated advocates and researchers to explore policy and other solutions since May 2016; this group is formally called the Coalition for Immigrant Health.
If you want to learn more about this work, please contact our Director of Health Systems Change, Aubrey Hill.
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, Maggie Gómez.