Colorado Health Access Fund awards $600,000 total to 12 grantees

November 18, 2022

The Denver Foundation selected 12 nonprofit organizations to receive funding under a new chapter of the Colorado Health Access Fund’s policy and advocacy work: supporting a more culturally competent behavioral health workforce. Grantees will each receive $50,000 a year for three years.

The Colorado Health Access Fund is dedicated to improving health outcomes for underserved Coloradans. Between 2015 and 2022, the fund distributed grants to increase access to health care and improve health outcomes for populations with high health care needs across the state. We are committed to allocating resources among rural, urban, and suburban areas in Colorado.

“We’re thrilled to welcome this new cohort for our Colorado Health Access funding,” says Dr. Janet Lopez, senior director of policy, partnerships, and learning at The Denver Foundation. “It has become apparent that we need to do more to support our communities’ behavioral health, particularly in the area of workforce development. We can’t wait to see what this cohort will do.”

After an extensive process over the last year to determine ongoing needs in behavioral health, we have decided to launch a new health policy cohort focused on advocating for a more culturally competent behavioral health workforce. Through this work, we are interested in policy’s role in increasing the diversity of providers and ensuring that care is trauma-informed and responsive to a person’s race, language, gender identity, sexual identity, and other identities. 

The goal is for the new cohort to work together to tackle policy challenges and solutions impacting the behavioral health workforce together. 

The grantees include

Asian Pacific Development Center 

Center for African American Health 

Colorado Behavioral Health Care Council 

Colorado Mental Health Wellness Network 

Colorado Center on Law and Policy 

Colorado Rural Health Center 

Colorado Cross Disability Coalition 

Envision: You 

Healthier Colorado 

La Cocina 

Servicios De La Raza 

Voces Unidas de Las Montañas