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Colorado Health Access Fund

The Denver Foundation has engaged CHI to support its multi-year project that aims to improve access to behavioral health care for Coloradans with high health needs.
Published: May 25, 2018 | Updated: October 23, 2018

The Colorado Health Access Fund is a grantmaking project of The Denver Foundation that aims to expand behavioral health care access to the neediest Coloradans. The fund will award up to $5 million a year between 2015 and 2022 to increase access to behavioral health care for Coloradans with high health care needs. It was established in 2015 with an anonymous gift of $40 million.

The Denver Foundation engaged the Colorado Health Institute to support this work in multiple ways.

In 2014, the Colorado Health Institute conducted a comprehensive asset and gap analysis focused on the challenges faced by Coloradans with high health care needs in accessing care. Our research highlighted barriers to care as well as proposed solutions.

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2017 Evaluation Report

The Colorado Health Institute has completed its evaluation of the Colorado Health Access Fund's second year of activities.

The evaluation finds that the Fund is achieving its stated purpose of improving access to behavioral health care for the Coloradans who need it most. Grantees confronted challenges in staffing, technology and billing, and the Fund's reach into rural Colorado was smaller than intended. Still, nearly 17,000 Coloradans gained access to counseling or other behavioral health services through programs that received Colorado Health Access Fund grants.

Click on the report at right to download the full evaluation from The Denver Foundation's website.

Or read the executive summary.

Previous Reports

The results of CHI's assets and gaps analysis are summarized in our report, Flashpoints and Fixes. The Denver Foundation used the analysis to help identify meaningful and data-based opportunities for grantmaking by the fund, which launched in April 2015.

The Denver Foundation also engaged CHI to evaluate the fund’s investments. We published our evaluation framework in our report, Leveraging Learning. Results from the fund’s inaugural cohort of 28 grantees are now available. They are summarized in our first annual evaluation report, Building from the Baseline.

Our asset and gap analysis, evaluation framework, and first year of evaluation results are available below. More information about the Colorado Health Access Fund, including how to apply for funding, is available here.

Grantees: A template for evaluation reports can be found below under Supporting Documents.

Flashpoints and Fixes Summary
Flashpoints and Fixes summary
Flashpoints and Fixes
Flashpoints and Fixes report
Leveraging Learning
Leveraging Learning report
Building from the Baseline summary
Building from the Baseline summary
Building from the Baseline report
Building from the Baseline report