Colorado’s Joint Health Committee (JHC) held its State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act briefing on Wednesday and Thursday and heard presentations from various state and health agencies, including the Departments of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF), to gather information for the legislature’s performance-based budgeting … Read more

This edition features Rep. Michaelson Jenet’s health policy plans for the 2023 session, the Colorado Hospital Association’s legislative priorities for next year, and information about the recently released Alzheimer’s State Plan. Thanks for reading! Eli Kirshbaum  State of Reform   1. Rep. Michaelson Jenet’s 2023 priorities With the legislative session starting next month, House health committee Chair … Read more

The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) released a new dashboard on Wednesday that shows there are 494,229 estimated cases of Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PACS) or Long COVID in Colorado.     A February 2021 study showed that 30% of reported COVID-19 infections included persisting problems up to 9 months after … Read more

The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) recently completed its review of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and approved national accreditation for the state agency.      CDPHE announced the accreditation status on September 26th, which will remain in place for the next 5 years.  “We are proud of once again achieving … Read more

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released the state’s 2021/2022 immunization rates for grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12 (PK-12) on Monday as children across the state head back to school.      CDPHE reported 954,919 PK-12 students were fully immunized in the previous academic year with a 92% compliance rate. Full immunization accounts … Read more

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has established a 20-member EMS system sustainability task force to evaluate medical services and systems throughout the state.     Approved in June, the Ambulance Service Sustainability and State Licensing law allows CDPHE to set statewide standards for ground ambulance agencies, similar to the department’s current role … Read more

Last year, Colorado declared a youth mental health state of emergency after record numbers of kids and youth in mental health crises were reported across the pediatric health system. According to the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, 40% of public middle and high school respondents had experienced feelings of depression in 2021. The Children’s Hospital Colorado … Read more

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) launched a campaign on Monday to raise awareness of the Women’s Wellness Connection (WWC), a program offering free routine cancer screenings to women who qualify.      WWC offers testing, including mammograms and Pap or HPV tests, at more than 100 clinics statewide to women aged … Read more

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) launched a statewide campaign to vaccinate children as young as 6 months old on June 22nd after the FDA authorized vaccines for these children.     Last month, the FDA authorized emergency use of 2 vaccines for this age group, the Moderna and the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 … Read more

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) announced on Friday that it plans to administer 300 doses of monkeypox vaccine throughout the Denver metropolitan area this week.     Those eligible for the vaccines are men aged 18 years and older who are gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men … Read more