The Colorado Community Health Network (CCHN) represents the 20 Colorado Community Health Centers that together are the backbone of the primary health care safety-net in Colorado. CCHN is committed to:
- educating policy makers and stakeholders about the unique needs of Community Health Centers (CHCs) and their patients,
- providing resources to ensure that CHCs are strong organizations, and
- supporting CHCs in maintaining the highest quality care.
CCHN’s mission is to increase access to high quality health care for people in need in Colorado. CCHN’s mission is accomplished by numerous divisions within the organization, including:
The Policy Division advocates legislative and regulatory policies that will increase access to health care for the medically underserved, including Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus(CHP+) recipients, and those who are uninsured or underinsured. The Policy Division:
1. Promotes policies that will support CHCs in their role as the largest, proven primary health care system in the state;
2. Coordinates a statewide grassroots network of citizen activists;
3. Includes Colorado Covering Kids and Families, a coalition-based project that works to ensure that all eligible children and adults are enrolled in public health insurance programs; and
4. Provides CCHN news and public communications.
Division members include: Katie Pachan Jacobson, Maureen Maxwell, Kristen Pieper, Alice Gibbs, Marija Weeden, Stephanie Brooks, Liz Tansey, Sitora Rashidova, Jessica Rosenthal, and Jessica Smith.
Health Center Operations Division
The Health Center Operations (HCOPS) Division focuses on growing, strengthening, and sustaining CHCs in Colorado. The HCOPS Division provides technical assistance, training, data analysis, and other resources to CHCs and other partners in the areas of:
1. Health Center Operational and Financial Systems;
2. Health Center Workforce Development Activities; and
3. Health Center Community Development Activities.
The Health Center Operations Division maintains effective relationships with partners to promote and support CHCs in Colorado. Division members include: Erin Lantz, Suzanne Smith, Angela Rose, Margaret Davidson, and Sarah Macrander.
Quality Initiatives Division
The Quality Initiatives Division (QID) supports the Community Health Centers (CHCs) in providing high quality health care to people in need through quality improvement and systems changes. QID helps CHCs improve their care delivery through ongoing coaching and training in quality improvement. QID and Colorado CHC quality initiatives include:
1. Patient-Centered Medical Homes;
2. Clinical interventions to improve population health;
3. Clinical networks for health professionals;
4. Oral health and behavioral health integration;
5. Patient safety; and
6. Health Center Emergency Preparedness.
Division members include: Jessica Sanchez, Victoria Gersuk, Paula Davis, Holly Kingsbury, Maria Casaverde Marin, Taylor Miranda, Johanna Gelderman, Margaret Williford, and Valerie Nielsen.