2016 – A Letter from our CEO/President and Board Chair
Dear Partners and Colleagues,
2016 brought many exciting opportunities, challenges and reflections to Caring for Colorado as we sought to fulfill our mission of improving health and health care for the people of Colorado.
Meet our grantees – We awarded 97 grants totaling $6,344,602 to address health disparities and improve access to care for people in our state. Our funding priorities continue to be prevention programs for children and youth, mental health, oral health and community health. See our list of 2016 grantees.
The SMILES Dental Project – which is testing a new dental care delivery system and new workforce model in 5 regions of Colorado – is now in its implementation phase. Read more about our grantee partners and their work to improve access to dental care for vulnerable populations.
LAUNCH Together – Together with our partners, we started LAUNCH Together, an initiative designed to improve the social and emotional health of young children (prenatal through age eight) and their families in Colorado. Created through a unique collaboration of eight Colorado foundations, communities across the state are supported in enhancing existing prevention and health promotion practices and building coordinated community systems to help Colorado children have the best early start in life. Read more.
$100 Million Reasons to Care – We reached an exciting grantmaking milestone of investing $100 million in communities throughout Colorado. Read more.
The Packard Foundation Fund for Pueblo – We launched a unique foundation partnership with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, headquartered in Los Altos, California, to manage their local grantmaking program in Pueblo. Learn more.
Our staff grew as we established a Pueblo office and by bringing on two Denver-based Program Officers to strengthen our outreach and connection into communities throughout the state. Meet our staff.
With the help of our Investment Committee, we worked to maximize our investments so that as many dollars as possible are available to Colorado communities. Read our financial statements.
Finally, during these uncertain times for health care in our country, Caring for Colorado’s Board of Directors and staff reaffirmed our commitment to our long-standing work in ensuring access to care for Coloradans while also working on up-stream solutions to promote good health outcomes, especially among Colorado’s most underserved. Read the policy statements developed by our Board of Directors that guide our organization’s values and actions.
We look forward to your comments on this report and our work in general. Please do not hesitate to let us know what you are thinking as we rely on all of our partners to work with us in making Colorado the healthiest state in the nation.
Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD
President and CEO
Oswaldo A. Grenardo, MD, MBA, MS