The Colorado Health Foundation

The Colorado Health Foundation
The Colorado Health Foundation
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Type Nonprofit
Founded 1995
Location Denver, Colorado
Area served Colorado
Mission To improve the health and health care of Coloradans by increasing access to quality health care and encouraging healthy lifestyle choices
Endowment $2.2 billion
Formerly called HealthOne Alliance Colorado

The Colorado Health Foundation is one of the largest health-focused foundations in the country[1] providing grants to nonprofits that focus on encouraging healthy living. The foundation works to increase the number of Coloradans with health insurance[2] and increase accessibility to quality healthcare. In addition to providing grants,[3] the foundation partners with nonprofits, businesses, and government officials to address health issues in Colorado and provides graduate medical education to increase the health care workforce. The foundation has assets of $2.2 billion.[4]



On Oct. 13, 2011, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers approved the sale of the foundation's 40 percent equity stake in Denver-area's HCA-HealthONE LLC health care system for $1.45 billion. [5] The foundation will continue to partner with HealthONE in managing five Denver-area physician-training residency programs.

The agreement establishes a HealthONE community board of trustees, which will oversee major provisions of the transaction.[6]

HCA-HealthONE LLC began in 1995 as a joint venture between various affiliates of HCA and Denver's HealthOne hospitals. Until the recent HealthONE sale, the purpose and intent of the original joint venture was to strengthen and grow the HealthONE hospitals, while maintaining an ongoing commitment to community benefit and charity care.

In 1999, HealthONE assumed the trade name of HealthONE Alliance and in 2006, the HealthONE Alliance changed its name to the Colorado Health Foundation to reflect its work across the state[7] and redefine its mission to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation.

Recent Grant Recipients

In November 2010, the foundation announced it was investing $6.5 million to the Colorado Health Service Corps to repay student loans for doctors and other primary care health professionals in return for providing care in the state's most underserved areas.[8]

The investment to the CHSC, administered by the Primary Care Office of the Colorado Department of Health & Environment(CDPHE), is expected to fund more than 48 physicians, nurses, physician assistants, dentists, dental hygienists and behavioral health providers during the next three years (from 2011 through 2013). These professionals each make a three-year commitment to practice in a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), rural health clinic or other safety net facility in a rural or underserved urban community. The CHSC supports clinics in underserved areas that provide care to uninsured and underinsured patients.

Other Major Grantees include[9]:

  • Bridges to Excellence [10]
  • Denver Health Foundation [11]
  • Mental Health Center of Denver [12]
  • High Point Academy, Creating an Active Play Area[13]
  • Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect, Aurora[14]
  • Poudre School District, Physical Education Road Map[15]
  • Livewell Colorado[16]
  • Colorado Regional Health Information Organization[17]

Senior Management

Executive Team

Board of Directors

The foundation’s Board of Directors[24] is made up of 24 members and includes representatives from the business and health care sectors.

Funding Areas of Focus

The foundation provides funding to improve the following areas: healthy schools; adequate, affordable insurance coverage; health care delivery; and enhance health information technology. The foundation also works to build the health care professionals workforce; optimize health coverage in public programs; and promote culture change for healthy communities.

Grant Focus Areas

Community Engagement

The Colorado Health Foundation emphasizes community engagement in health and health care issues through trusted, high-quality information:

The Colorado Health Report Card

The results of the 2010 Colorado Health Report Card[25][26] documented that Colorado continues to fall behind in important areas affecting children’s health. The overall grade for Healthy Children remained a D+ in 2010. Among the indicators for this life stage, the most dramatic drop was in childhood obesity where the state fell from third to twenty-third in the nation for the most obese children. In addition, Colorado ranks 44th in percent of children not covered by insurance.

The state’s older adults are active and healthy, ranking No. 1 in the county for rates of physical activity and second in up-to-date vaccinations.

Colorado Kaleidoscope: Stories of a State’s Health

The foundation features a statewide campaign showcasing video and written narratives from its grantees and the people they serve in the community.[27]

Health Elevations

The foundation produces a quarterly health and health care information journal, Health Elevations, and distributes a hard copy version to community stakeholders throughout Colorado.

The Colorado Health Symposium

Each year the foundation hosts the Colorado Health Symposium. The annual event, formerly called the Dorsey Hughes Symposium,[28] has attracted leaders in health care policy and reform efforts to share ideas, debate policy and interact with the health care industry, government, business, academia and the nonprofit sector.


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