The conditions in which we live, learn, work, and play affect our health.
Income, race and ethnicity, education, sexual orientation, gender identity, employment, housing, child care, transportation access, food access, and the ZIP code in which we live–among other factors–are all important things that influence our health. These are called social determinants of health. For patients with complex lives and health needs, these factors have an even bigger impact. We believe they shouldn’t determine a person’s access to care or opportunity to live a healthy life, and we’re committed to ensuring they don’t.
We’re taking action.
Our leaders need well-informed data and perspectives in order to make smart decisions that better address the social determinants of health. So, we produce reports, infographics, and other products that break down what they are, why they matter, and what we can do about them. These include:
- DATA BRIEF – Health: A White Privilege
- REPORT – Addressing Social Determinants of Health in a Health Care Setting
- VIDEO – Art of Health Care
- BLOG POSTS – Social Determinants of Health
Getting to a health provider’s office can be challenging for many Coloradans. Since 2015, we’ve been exploring issues associated with health care transportation in Colorado, specifically for people on Medicaid, and working to increase access to Non-Emergent Medical Transportation (NEMT), which is van service or another transportation option for those who need a ride to medical services. We’re bringing together patients, clinical staff, drivers, and other stakeholders to find solutions that work for everyone. Learn more about what this work looks like and what successes we’ve had:
- MEMO – Medicaid NEMT in Colorado
- POLICY – House Bill 1097 (passed and signed into law in 2016)
- BLOG POSTS – Prioritizing NEMT
For more information, please contact our Director of Communications, Sarah McAfee.