CHCs In The News

Mountain Family administers over 900 COVID-19 vaccines in on-site vaccination tour through Roaring Fork schools

Nov. 23, 2021

Post Independent | Mountain Family Health Centers vaccinates students and their families, with more than 450 first doses administered through Roaring Fork schools in late November.

COVID In Colorado: Tepeyac Community Health Center Goes Door-To-Door, Helps Keep Residents Safe

Nov. 8, 2021

4 CBS Denver | Tepeyac Community Health Center goes door-to-door to have conversations with those who may be hesitant about the COVID-19 vaccines, resulting in about 1,000 people getting the shot.

Durango’s Espero Apartments opens to applause

Oct. 28, 2021

The Durango Herald | Axis Health System to provide clinical services at Espero Apartments, a new supportive housing project in Durango.

CO Health Centers Win Grant to Bridge Employment Equity Gap

Nov. 1, 2021

Public News Service | “Grow Our Own” partnership wins SyncUp Colorado Workforce Design Challenge, helping more young Coloradans pursue meaningful careers in health care.

Three Industry Leaders Enter the Affordable Housing Hall of Fame

October, 2021 

Affordable Housing Finance | John Parvensky, CEO of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, enters the Affordable Housing Hall of Fame.

Open house highlights youth clinic partnership between Thompson schools and Sunrise

Oct. 12, 2021

Reporter-Herald | The Sunrise Thompson Health Clinic, the product of a partnership between Sunrise Community Health and the Thompson School District, hosts an open house.

Axis Health System receives grant allowing it to combine locations, add pharmacy

Oct. 12, 2021

The Durango Herald | Axis Health Systems will use American Rescue Plan Act funding to combine locations, allowing medical, dental, pharmacy, and behavioral health to all be under the same roof in Montezuma County.

Despite FDA Approval On COVID Vaccine Boosters, Confusion Remains For Some Coloradans

Sept. 23, 2021

CBS4 Denver | Shaunti Meyer, senior director of medical affairs for STRIDE Community Health Center, provides information about the COVID-19 booster shots.

Colorado Clinic Turns to Tech to Try to Prevent Unnecessary ER Visits

Sept. 20, 2021

Center for Care Innovations | STRIDE Community Health Center improves health equity, access, quality, and cost for underserved communities in Colorado through innovative outreach programs.

One Colorado clinic’s prescription for healthier patients: Lawyers

Sept. 12, 2021

The Denver Post | In a program partially funded by Medicaid, Salud Family Health incorporates legal assistance into its medical practice, with evidence to show that it reduces stress and poor physical health in their patients.

Retention in the Workforce: A Perspective from the Safety Net During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sept, 9, 2021

Colorado Health Institute | CEO of Summit Community Care Clinic, Helen Royal, shares how the Care Clinic focused on their team during the pandemic.

Glenwood Springs High opens school-based health center

Aug. 27, 2021

Post Independent | Mountain Family Health Centers opens a new School-Based Health Center in Glenwood High School.

Colorado health clinics preparing to administer COVID booster shots

Sept. 2, 2021

9News | Staff at Salud Family Health share plans to administer COVID-19 booster shots, including efforts to contact patients, making sure nobody slips through the cracks.    

Community Health Centers have stretched to meet those in need

Aug. 11. 2021

The Daily Sentinel | Community Health Centers collaborate with hospitals, local and state governments, social, health and business organizations to improve health outcome for people who are medically vulnerable.

More minority patients getting vaccinated at community health centers, say federal officials

Aug. 9, 2021

Washington Post | Community Health Centers have administered nearly 14 million doses of coronavirus vaccines, including about nine million to minority patients.

COVID Innovations Celebrated During National Health Center Week

Aug. 9, 2021

Public News Service | Community Health Centers across Colorado showed innovation and flexibility in caring for their patients throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Supreme Court dismisses challenge to Obama era health law

June 17, 2021

KREX 5 FOX 4 | The Supreme Court upholds the Affordable Care Act. MarillacHealth staff explain the impact to their patients: access to affordable, preventive care, and lower costs to the overall system.

Community clinic sees demand decrease for COVID-19 vaccine in Hispanic, Latinos

June 3, 2021

9News | Tepeyac Community Health Center is addressing misinformation and myths about the COVID-19 vaccine, and is offering a $15 grocery store gift cards when people get their shot.

Perlmutter attends Lakewood vaccine event

May 31, 2021

Arvada Press | Congressman Ed Perlmutter visits STRIDE Community Health Center’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic.

“Denver’s Spanish-speaking doctors are fighting COVID-19 with their language skills. Their care goes beyond words,”

May 12, 2021

Denverite | Tepeyac Community Health Center and Denver Health Hospital are featured for their bilingual care throughout the pandemic.

May 11, 2021

New York Times | Vaccine providers across the country, including Colorado’s Denver Health, are finding creative ways to make sure 12-15 year-olds get the safe and highly effective Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Need for Mental, Substance-Abuse Treatment Increased During COVID

May 4, 2021

Public News Service | Jonathan Muther, VP of medical services at Salud Family Health Centers, testifies that more needs to be done about accessing mental health services; explains Salud’s integrated approach to care.

On Capitol Hill Senators Focus on Community Health Centers & Mental Health during COVID

April 28, 2021

The National Association of Community Health Centers | Jonathan Muther, Salud Family Health Centers’ VP of Medical Services-Behavioral Health, testified during the US Senate HELP Committee hearing examining lessons learned during the pandemic to address mental health and substance use disorders.

‘Get The Second Dose’: Weld County Health Clinic Getting Proactive in Vaccine Distribution

April 27, 2021

4 CBS Denver | Sunrise Community Health staff are working with people who are hesitant or not in a rush to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Denver Public Schools, Denver Health partner for vaccine clinics for teens

April 17, 2021

Denver 7 News | Denver Public Schools and Denver Health are partnering to administer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Colorado teens.

Helping Hands

April 14, 2021

University of Colorado Cancer Center | Patient navigators at Salud Family Health Centers helped a patient through every step of his colonoscopy. 

DisAbility Vaccine Event Brings Smiles and Relief

April 1, 2021

Jeffco Transcript | In an partnership with other organizations in the community, STRIDE Community Health Center vaccinated over 400 individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities in one day. 

‘Now They Know Where They Can Come’: Equity Clinic Vaccinates Latino Population in Weld County

March 22, 2021

4 CBS Denver | Sunrise Community Health vaccinates about 1,100 members of Weld County’s Latino population in just one day of the equity clinic.

Getting Vaccines to Returning Migrant Farmers

March 18, 2021

Public News Service | River Valley Family Health Center and Axis Health System are helping migrant farmers get the COVID-19 vaccine and other health care services.

Closing the Vaccine Racial Gap

March 3, 2021

CNBC | Colorado CHC, Salud Family Health Centers, plays a critical role in vaccinating communities of color and others who may have difficulty accessing vaccines in Colorado.

“It’s no big deal”: Colorado governor receives coronavirus vaccine, urges others to follow his lead

Jan 30, 2021

The Colorado Sun | Governor Jared Polis received his first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Salud Family Health Centers.

Congratulations On Your Vaccination! (You Can’t Return To Normal Just Yet)

Jan. 27, 2021

Forbes | Savita Ginde, MD, chief healthcare officer at Stride Community Health Center, shares her expertise on best practices for staying safe if some but not all of your loved ones are vaccinated.  

Why he’s urging his Hispanic community to get the COVID-19 vaccine

Jan. 21, 2021

UCHealth Today | Ernesto Castro, Social Worker at Sunrise Community Health who suffered a severe case of COVID-19, urges individuals in his Hispanic community to get the vaccine when eligible.

Colorado Edition: What We’re Not Getting

Jan. 26, 2021

KUNC’s Colorado Edition | John Santistevan, Salud Family Health Centers, discusses inequities in vaccine distribution and how Salud is addressing them.

Salud and UCHealth focus COVID-19 vaccine clinic on communities of color

Jan. 15, 2021

9 News | Through a partnership with Salud Family Health Centers and UCHealth, a popup clinic in Aurora saw hundreds vaccinated on Jan. 14-15. 

Colorado Springs’ Peak Vista health center begins COVID-19 vaccinations for people 70+

Jan. 14, 2021

Fox 21 News | More than 100 people over the age of 70 were vaccinated in one day at Peak Vista Community Health Center in Colorado Springs.

COVID In Colorado: Stride Community Health Expands Into Vaccination Program For 70+

Jan. 8, 2021

CBS Denver | STRIDE has used resources and lessons learned from COVID testing to roll-out a vaccination program in Denver.

Safety-Net Health Centers Tapped to Deliver COVID-19 Vaccines

Jan. 13, 2021

Public News Service | Colorado Community Health Centers tapped to deliver 20% of the state’s vaccine supply for people age 70 and older.

H. Jack Geiger, Doctor Who Fought Social Ills, Dies at 95

Dec. 28, 2020

New York TimesH. Jack Geiger, a co-founder and leader of the Community Health Center movement in the U.S., has passed away. Learn more about him and the origins of CHCs in this article. 

Drug Makers are Pulling Back from a Program to Help the Needy

Dec. 15, 2020

New York TimesDrug makers are pulling back from the 340B Drug Pricing Program, which requires them to offer discounted prices for CHCs and hospitals that rely on taxpayer support.

Nearly Half of Community Health Center Patients Qualify for Phase One COVID-19 Vaccinations

Dec. 3, 2020

RCHN Community Health Foundation | About 14.1 million adult CHC patients will qualify for phase one of COVID-19 vaccinations due to advanced age or underlying health conditions that put them at high risk. 

It’s the Fauci Awards!

Nov. 25, 2020

The New York Times | Opinion  Dr. Mark Wallace, recently retired CMO of Sunrise Community Health, is recognized for his work as a health care official during the pandemic in this (hypothetical) awards ceremony.

Demand for Services Up at Dental Clinics

Nov. 2, 2020

Public News Service  Staff at Clinica Family Health and Summit Community Care Clinic discuss demand for dental services and how they are keeping patients and staff safe and healthy.

Yes, Your Sniffles Could Be COVID

Oct. 29, 2020

STRIDE Community Health Center  In this blog, Dr. Stephanie Sandhu, family physician at STRIDE Community Health Center and mother, explains why you should pay attention to those symptoms and get tested.

AARP: COVID-19’s Onslaught on Latino Communities

Sept. 18-20, 2020

PBS-12  Staff of Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc., worked with AARP to explore how and why COVID-19 disproportionately impacts Latinos and older adults in Colorado. 

Guest opinion: Simon Smith and Danielle Butler: Close vape tax loophole to help our students

Sept. 15, 2020

Daily Camera  Guest editorial by Simon Smith and Danielle Butler, Clinica Family Health. 

The Coronavirus Exposed Colorado’s Racial Inequities in Health Care. Community Health Centers Are Trying to Help

Sept. 10, 2020

CPR News  Black and Latino residents are disproportionately effected by the pandemic. As systemic responses lag, local community health centers and neighborhood groups have launched efforts of their own to fill the gaps. Clínica Tepeyac and Denver Health are among the organizations featured in this article. 

CO Health Centers Pivot to Reach Migrant Workers During Pandemic

Sept. 1, 2020

Public News Service Access to telehealth services and paid sick leave have been critical for agricultural workers. Staff from Salud Family Health Centers and Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc. explain how their relationships with community leaders, trusted by workers, was key to connecting workers with care. 

Telehealth In Colorado Goes From Emergency Fix To More Permanent Solution

Aug. 11, 2020

KUNC Governor Polis signed an executive order on April 1 that expanded the accessibility and sustainability of telemedicine in Colorado. 

Community Health Centers Go Mobile to Serve Homeless

May 14, 2020

Public News Service Colorado’s Community Health Centers are getting creative and going mobile to serve homeless communities during the coronavirus pandemic.

Nonprofit Teaches Colorado Nursing Students In Jeopardy Of Not Graduating

April 22, 2020

4CBSDenver   STRIDE Community Health Center provided a place for MSU nursing students in need of on-the-job training to finish their education – now they are on the front line fighting COVID-19.

Many Health Providers on Brink of Insolvency

April 22, 2020

Stateline The Pew Charitable Trusts, blog.

Doctor says peak of COVID-19 cases in Summit County is a few weeks away

April 8, 2020

Summit Daily  Summit County and the state are likely just a few weeks away from the peak of new coronavirus cases, according to Summit Community Care Clinic Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kathleen Cowie. 

Summit Community Care Clinic works to take pressure off the hospital emergency department during coronavirus outbreak

March 30, 2020

Summit Daily  The Summit Community Care Clinic’s doors are open and workers are providing care amid the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Colorado critical health organizations receive first federal funding— a fraction of what they need

March 25, 2020

Denver Business Journal   Colorado Community Health Centers receive initial emergency funding for COVID-19 services, Denver-area CHC leaders interviewed. 

“We can see patients without the ability to pay. We’re here. We’re here and we care.” Erica Sherer, CEO of Sheridan

Health Centers Holding the Line Until Congressional Funding Arrives

March 24, 2020

Public News Service  CCHN’s Vice President of Strategy and Finance Polly Anderson discusses the state of Colorado’s Community Health Centers during the COVID-19 public health crisis.

STRIDE Health Center opens drive-thru coronavirus test site in Aurora

March 23, 2020

The Sentinel  

National Coalition for the Homeless Outraged and Concerned About the Appointment of Robert Marbut to Head USICH

Dec. 6, 2019

Blog post on  John Parvensky, President and CEO, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, discussed why this appointment raises concerns about the Trump Administration’s plans to address homelessness.

Longmont dental practice helps ‘Give Kids a Smile’ doing work free of cost

Feb. 13, 2020

Daily Camera  Salud Family Health Centers participate in annual American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile Day.

Salud Health opens new Trinidad dental clinic

Feb. 6, 2020

The Chronical-News 

CO Lawmakers to Consider Expanding Access to Telemedicine

Feb. 4, 2020

Public News Service  Polly Anderson, CCHN, quoted in article discussing HB20-1092, a bill to address Medicaid reimbursement for CHCs for telemedicine and clinical pharmacy services.

Colorado Bill Seeks Medicaid Reimbursement for Telehealth in FQHCs

Jan. 29, 2020

mHealthIntelligence  Dr. Chris Tonozzi, Mountain Family Health Centers, quoted in article discussing HB20-1092, a bill to address Medicaid reimbursement for CHCs for telemedicine and clinical pharmacy services.

New bill would let health centers actually get paid for telehealth

Jan. 28, 2020

Post Independent  Dr. Chris Tonozzi, Mountain Family Health Centers, quoted in article discussing HB20-1092, a bill to address Medicaid reimbursement for CHCs for telemedicine and clinical pharmacy services.

Community Health Centers Fund Expect Another Delay From Congress, Uncertain Of Fate

Nov. 19, 2019

Aspen Public Radio  Ross Brooks, CEO of Mountain Family Health Centers, discussed the impacts of delayed federal funding on Community Health Centers and the people for whom they provide health care.

Sustain Community Health Centers

Nov. 14, 2019

Longmont Times -Call  In her letter to the editor, Colleen  Laeger, Board Member, Salud Family Health Centers, explains the value of Community Health Centers and asks for community help in urging Congress to renew CHC funding.

Health Care Roundtable Held in Fort Morgan

Oct. 16, 2019

Fort Morgan Times  Staff from Salud Family Health Centers joined other community representatives to discuss Morgan County health care needs and staff training and recruitment with Gov. Polis.

Community Health Centers Teeter on Financial Cliff, Courtesy of Congress

Sept. 26, 2019

Pew Stateline  

Health Centers Deserve Support

Sept. 25, 2019

Colorado Community Media  Letter to the editor by Jean Sisneros, Chair of the Board of Directors, STRIDE Community Health Center

Valley-Wide Health Systems to Expand Services to Crowley County

Sept. 16, 2019

Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc., blog.

Rooted in Communities: Marking National Health Center Week

Aug. 8, 2019

Colorado Health Institute blog. 

Clínica Tepeyac in Globeville is getting a full dental clinic

Aug. 6, 2019

Denverite. The clinic primarily serves Latino patients, who visit a dentist at lower rates than other groups.

Community Health Centers Planting Trees to Deepen Roots in Communities

Aug. 5, 2019

Public News Service. High Plains Community Health Center and Axis Health Systems plans trees during National Health Center Week; many more activities happening at CHCs across the state.

Medical Membership Plan Aims to Help Fill Coverage Gap

Aug. 1, 2019

Public News Service. Mountain Family Health Centers Pilot New Option to Help Workers Get Health Care.

Health Tip of the Month: Obesity Education

July 24, 2019

Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc., blog. 

Medical Assistants’ Roles in Colorado Health Care Keep Growing


5280 – Health 2019 Edition They’re neither your doctors nor your nurses, but their jobs—and training—could mean a lot to your health. 

Tips for Helping Men Seek, Get Mental Health Care

May  20, 2019

Public News Service. Psychologist Erin Baurle of STRIDE CHC and the Let’s Talk Colorado campaign offer tips to help address the unique challenges men face with mental health care needs. 

Building A Bilingual Pipeline for Behavioral Health

May  2019

Denver Foundation. A Colorado Health Access Fund grant has helped Salud Family Health Centers expand its behavioral health team.

Coloradans’ Health-Care Advances Will Need a Follow-up

May 7, 2019

Public News Service. Summary of health care bills that passed in Colorado’s 2019 legislative session and ones that did not.

STRIDE’s Dr. Baurle discusses how to get the conversation started

May 1, 2019

Denver7 Mile High Living. This month is Mental Health Month. Dr. Baurle of STRIDE CHC discusses how to start the conversation to support a loved one’s well-being.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

April 21, 2019

Post Independent. Mountain Family Health Centers column on the importance of taking care of your mental health.

Coloradan Health Advocates Head to DC for Long-Term Funding

March 28, 2019

Public News Service. Colorado Community Health Center staff and board members visit Colorado members of Congress in DC to discuss the future of  Community Health Centers and health care in Colorado.

Health Clinics Screen for Social Problems to Boost Patient Care

Feb. 6, 2019

U.S. News & World Report. Patients and providers at Clínica Tepeyac and STRIDE Community Health Center (formerly called MCPN) discuss how addressing social issues improves health. 

Health Centers Tap Loan Repayment to Recruit Mental Health Providers

Feb. 2, 2019

Public News Service. Dr. Sheri Sharp, VP for behavioral health for Peak Vista Community Health Centers, discusses the shortage of behavioral-health providers and how loan repayment programs can help.

Cortez Integrated Healthcare earns national recognition

Dec. 12, 2018

Cortez Journal. Axis Healthcare System’s Cortez site achieves Patient-Centers Medical Home recognition.

Colorado Immigrant Families Balking from Social Services
in Fear of Harming Immigration Status

Dec. 7, 2018

KUNC. Sunrise Community Health CEO Mitzi Moran quoted. Includes side-by-side graphic of current law versus proposed rule.