Thursday, July 28, 2016


Safety Net Clinic Week is approaching fast! Still need help obtaining proclamations, outlining social media posts, promoting a open house or inviting local officials for a site-visit? Follow this link to the toolkit! Here activities confirmed for SNCW16 thus far:

Monday, August 1st:
Kids First Health Care will receive a Safety Net Clinic Week Proclamation from Commerce City

Sunday, August 7th:
St. Benedict Health and Healing Ministry (Boulder county) host an open house

Monday, August 15th:
Rep. Rosenthal will visit Jewish Family Services, Mental Health Program (Denver).

Tuesday, August 16th:
Rep. Ginal and Sen. Kefalas will visit Fort Collins Family Medicine Center 

Wednesday, August 17th:
Senator Crowder will visit Spanish Peaks Outreach Clinic (Walsenburg) and Samaritan Clinic (Trinidad).

Thursday, August 18th:
-Congresswoman DeGette and Rep. Beth McCann will visit Inner City Health (Denver).
-Rep. Moreno will visit Neighbor Outreach of Colorado (Denver).
-SET Family Medical Clinics (Colorado Springs) will host an Open House

Friday, August 19th:
-Rep. Esgar will visit Southern Colorado Family Medicine (Pueblo).
-Congressional candidate for office, Dr. Hans Hoccheimerwill, visit Fort Collins Family Medicine Center 

It is not too late to have your clinic host an event or obtain a proclamation as well!

For more questions or concerns, please contact our #SNCW16 Coordinator Sidharth Tripathi.
Phone: 720-278-6386

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Webinar: Harnessing the Power of Advocacy in Your Nonprofit

"There are many opportunities for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to advance their missions by engaging in advocacy to influence public policy. In fact, advocacy can be an effective catalyst for policy changes that leverage nonprofits' program work and carve a path towards mission advancement and sustainability. Nevertheless, even 501(c)(3) organizations with substantial advocacy experience and expertise can have questions about the legal parameters governing how their organizations can engage in specific advocacy activities like voter outreach, lobbying or policymaker engagement.

To help clarify legal considerations for 501(c)(3)s that engage in advocacy, the Colorado Health Foundation is sponsoring an upcoming webinar on August 11th, “Harnessing the Power of Advocacy in Your Nonprofit.” This webinar will guide participants through the process of integrating advocacy activities into their organization's activities whether they are experienced advocates or new to advocacy. Cara Lawrence, partner at the law firm of Tierney Lawrence, LLC, will lead the discussion and share information to help participants understand both the opportunities advocacy can present to advancing your organization's mission and the legal compliance issues 501(c)(3) organizations must consider when engaging in advocacy.

Register today to learn how to leverage your nonprofit’s influence through advocacy. The webinar is scheduled from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Aug. 11. For questions, contact Dustin Moyer, Colorado Health Foundation policy officer."

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Have a Conversation...Change a Life

"Screening, brief intervention, referral to treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based prevention service for adolescents and adults.  It helps a patient understand the connection between alcohol and other drugs and health.  It should be as routine as taking a blood pressure.  A short convesation helps a patient make changes to improve their life.

SBIRT Colorado provides NO-COST TRAINING and support.  Online and in-person training provides CE credits for nurses and physicians.
àUpcoming trianing in Denver:
Wednesday, Agusut 24th at 2:30pm
Register Here
àPractice screening and brief intervention skills in online, interactive scenarios with virtual patients.  Start your online experience now!"
[Source:  SBIRT Colorado]

Invitation to Participate: Development of Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s Community Health Needs Assessment Implementation Strategy Plan

"Several weeks ago, Kaiser Permanente Colorado conducted the first phase of an online process called Concept Mapping to inform the Implementation Strategy portion of our Community Health Needs Assessment. During that phase, over 200 public health professionals from across Colorado brainstormed strategies to address six different health needs that had been identified in Kaiser Permanente Colorado's Community Health Needs Assessment report. These health needs are: healthy eating and active living, economic stability and vitality, mental health, access to primary and specialty care, climate change, and substance use. We are now asking for your continued input to inform Kaiser Permanente Colorado as we create our Implementation Strategies that will guide our work over the next three years.

Our goal is to reach public health professionals and others with interest in population health across Colorado who can help us prioritize the strategies identified in the first phase. You do not need to be an expert in all of the identified health needs.

Attached is a description of the process we will use to collect information for this project. We invite you to read over how the project works, and how your participation is critical to developing a meaningful and impactful Implementation Strategy Plan. We realize that your work schedule is demanding, but hope that you will agree to make this small time investment and provide your input.

We would be very grateful if you would take just 30-45 minutes to rate the 100 unique strategies that were brainstormed during the first phase of this process. You will be asked to rate each strategy on its importance to improving the health of Coloradans and the feasibility of implementing this strategy in the next 3 years. Please complete this exercise by 5pm MT, August 4, 2016.

Submit your ratings anonymously at the following web page:

If you have any technical difficulties with the website, please contact me, Caila Aube at We are looking forward to your participation in this process, and in working with you to collaboratively develop an Implementation Strategy Plan that will help improve the health of our shared communities."

Delta Dental of Colorado Innovation Grants

"Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation is offering financial support to Colorado-based organizations, entrepreneurs, researchers or individuals to develop and test the most creative ideas and approaches to improve the state’s oral health. Applicants must address how their idea can:
  • Significantly improve the quality of oral health care.
  • Develop and test new oral health technologies.
  • Increase oral health literacy.
  • Increase dental practice efficiencies.
  • Connect and integrate oral health and overall health.
  • Increase focus on prevention and/or early intervention.
Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation will award up to $200,000 to implement innovation grants. Grant awards will range from $5,000 to $50,000. Projects can take up to 18 months to complete.

-Applications need to-
Originate in Colorado – Out-of-state applications will not be accepted.
Demonstrate innovation – New, untested, cutting edge ideas.
Be impactful – Funded ideas will advance the field of oral health in a meaningful way.

Applications will not be considered that are solely for equipment, capital funding, marketing campaigns (e.g., brochures, videos, etc.) and sustaining ongoing programs.

FSubmit an online application by September 1, 2016. The project team can answer questions during the application process. Please contact Lisa Konen at

-Key Dates-
Thursday, July 21, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Funding Overview Webinar
Thursday, September 1 – Applications due by 5:00 p.m. MDT
Week of September 19-23 – Applicant meetings/Site visits
Monday, October 17 – Notify applicants of awards
November 1 – Begin issuing grant agreement"
[Source:  Delta Dental Foundation of Colorado]

Thursday, July 21, 2016

You're invited to the Safety Net Clinic Week Kick-off Celebration!

2016 Safety Net Clinic Week Kick-off Celebration! 

Host: Rocky Mountain Youth Clinic; 9197 Grant St, Thornton, CO 80229

When: Thursday, August 11th. 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

RSVP to Sidharth Tripathi: 720-278-6386


Light refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there! 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Meaningful Use 2016: LAST YEAR to Receive Maximum Payments

With the completion of attestations for EPs (eligible professionals) for program year 2015, it’s time to shift your focus to program year 2016!

Program Year 2016 Reminders
  • For all returning participants, the incentive program reporting period will be a full calendar year between January 1-December 31 of the 2016 calendar year. 
  • EPs, eligible hospitals (EH) and critical access hospitals (CAHs) that have not successfully demonstrated Meaningful Use in a prior year will have a continuous 90-day reporting period between January 1- December 31 of the 2016 calendar year. 
  • Program year 2016 is the last year to begin participation in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program and still receive up to the maximum payments under the program. For more detailed information refer to the CMS 2016 program year requirements page
  • An EP can attest to Meaningful Use OR Adopt, Implement, Upgrade (AIU) in program year 2016.  click here for more reminders 
In preparation for program year 2016, the CORHIO website contains a multitude of resources related to the incentive program. If you received this newsletter as a forward from a colleague, you can subscribe by emailing your name and organization name to The monthly newsletter is the leading resource for up-to-date information on the Colorado Medicaid EHR Incentive Program and therefore we encourage you to read it thoroughly.
[Source:  COHRIO]