he Denver Foundation is pleased to share the annual evaluation report on the Colorado Health Access Fund
. Excitingly, the third year of the Colorado Health Access Fund (the Fund) was a watershed year. The Fund increased support for programs that reach diverse populations in need of behavioral health services, with an emphasis on those in rural areas. This brought the three-year total of Coloradans served by the Fund to 75,000. An ever-increasing number of projects have a clear path to sustainability. This year’s report shows that two-thirds of grantees have identified a clear or partial sustainability strategy that will allow them to continue programming after the term of their grant ends.
Last year, a higher number of grants supported programs that reach our focus populations—those who experience racial health disparities, immigrants and refugees, people experiencing homelessness and those with histories of trauma, among other groups with limited access to care. In this report, we highlight stories and examples of organization’s that reflect the Fund’s alignment with this intent and value.
What we’ve learned over the course of our evaluation is that persistent challenges accompany our progress. The challenges identified in this report are similar to those reported by grantees in years past. They include hiring the right staff, adapting to changing funding environments, and navigating policy barriers that impact reimbursement and billing. We invite you to learn more about our evaluation findings in the full report, which you can find here.
As The Denver Foundation continues the work of the Colorado Health Access Fund in the next four years, we remain committed to our current funding approach. We have also added several new strategies.
We are grateful for the many partners and organizations that share The Denver Foundation’s commitment to broadening access to behavioral health care for people in our community and across the state. We know that it will take a collective effort to improve behavioral health in Colorado. We look forward to working with you to increase access to care.