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Don't Let Our Work Get Lost in the Super Bowl Shuffle

Our Denver Broncos won Super Bowl L! Rather, “50.” It was decided that “L” is not an exciting way to say “fifty,” so the NFL stuck with good old Arabic numbers. This is a minor change, but if you’re like me, you might have wondered where the Roman numerals went.

With the big celebration tomorrow, the Colorado Health Institute (CHI) will be doing all that we can to finish our work to watch the champions parade the streets of downtown Denver. Without further ado, here’s what’s going on this week, along with several recent publications you don’t want to miss.

If you haven’t watched 7News, been to our website, or listened to Colorado Public Radio in the past four days, you may have missed Policy Analyst Tamara Keeney’s report on the shocking rate of drug overdoses across all of Colorado’s counties. The south central area of our state has seen the largest increase, but Denver’s overdose death rate isn’t far off. Check in on your county at our website.

Aid in Dying is a hot topic for this year’s legislative session but it can be a difficult topic to tackle — intermixed with emotion, policy and controversy. Policy Analyst Emily Johnson’s report gives the national and international context that is essential to understanding the debate. Check out her report on our website

Follow up your reading of Emily’s Aid in Dying report by checking Legislative Director Allie Morgan’s analyses on Aid in Dying and other important health care bills making their way through the Capitol. It’s all on our Analysis with Altitude page.

Do you want to become an expert on the Hospital Provider Fee? All it takes is two minutes thanks to Communications Expert Joe Hanel. His short animated video will get you up to speed on the key points of how the Hospital Provider Fee interacts with the states’ Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR).

The next installment of Better by Design, a series of reports focusing on the built environment, will be out this week. We’ll be writing on financial incentives for investing in healthy neighborhoods with a spotlight on the new National Western Stock Show complex. If you missed our first report, get caught up on walkability in your community here.

Director of Community Health Policy Sara Schmitt and Policy Analyst Emily Johnson are presenting the Colorado School of Public Health on the 2015 Colorado Health Access Survey (CHAS) this Wednesday. Don’t forget that you can request presentations and data from the 2015 CHAS catered to your area of interest by emailing We love sharing our numbers!

Congratulations to the Denver Broncos on their victory and good luck to everyone who is trying to focus on work the day after Super Bowl 50.