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CHI at the Table in Colorado and Beyond

May 19, 2014

This week, the Colorado Health Institute is working largely outside of our office walls with staff attending conferences here in Colorado, New Orleans and on the East Coast.

On Tuesday, members of the CHI team will attend the Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved (CCMU) annual meeting and breakfast. The meeting will focus on the impact of health reform on Colorado communities. Additionally, CCMU will release findings from the first six months of their Health is Local project.

Rebecca Alderfer, Senior Analyst, is in Washington, DC for a meeting of the National Governor’s Association Workforce Policy Academy titled Building a Transformed Health Care Workforce: Moving from Planning to Implementation. Colorado was one of seven states chosen to take part in the two-day event along with Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. Participating states are receiving guidance and technical assistance to develop a plan for implementing health workforce policies.

CEO Michele Lueck and Senior Director of Communications Deborah Goeken are in New Orleans representing CHI at the National Network of Public Health Institute’s (NNPHI) 13th annual conference. Michele is co-presenting “Developing Non-Partisan Health Policy Education Programs for Policy Makers” with Maya Pack from the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health. Follow along with the conference on Twitter using #NNPHIac14.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Director of Legislative Services Megan Lane will attend Sectors Summit II: Growing the Talent Pipeline – hosted by the Colorado Workforce Development Council.  The conference brings together workforce, education, industry and economic developers to discuss sector partnership across Colorado and industry-driven career pathways in the state. You can view the agenda for the conference here

Sara Schmitt, Director of Community Health Policy, will facilitate the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Health IT Summit: Clinical Quality Measurement and Population Health this Wednesday here in Denver. The Summit will feature national speakers and Colorado leaders who will discuss how health information technology can direct efforts to improve quality. Amy Downs, Senior Director for Policy and Analysis, will also attend the conference.

In case you missed it from last week:

  • A new Colorado Health Access Survey (CHAS) Survey Snapshot and blog on the burden of medical bills from Jeff Bontrager, Director of Research on Coverage and Access.
  • Research Assistant Tamara Keeney wrote about Coloradan women’s health in a new insight for National Women’s Health Week.
  • CHI hosted a meeting of the Safety Net Advisory Committee (SNAC) to discuss behavioral health integration. You can find the presentation here