With over 800 members statewide, the American Academy of Pediatrics – Colorado Chapter (AAP-CO) has a long history of working tirelessly on behalf of Colorado’s children, families and healthcare providers. In partnership with our members, we advance the interests of Colorado infants, children, and teens through advocacy, ensure the highest quality patient care through education of pediatricians, residents, and medical students, and promote optimal physician well-being and career stamina through professional development and networking opportunities.
The Colorado Academy of Family Physicians is the only organization dedicated solely to family physicians in the state of Colorado. The academy was founded in 1948 and currently represents over 2,200 practicing and retired family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students. The CAFP supports Colorado’s family physicians and patients by providing state-level advocacy, offering affordable and relevant education through an Annual Summit and other events, and championing health of the public initiatives that help all Coloradans live healthier lives. The CAFP’s mission is to serve as the bold champion for Colorado’s family physicians, patients and communities, through education and advocacy and the vision is thriving Family Physicians creating a healthier Colorado.
Founded in 2003, the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence is a nonprofit organization focused on improving the volume, quality, and competency of Colorado’s nursing and healthcare workforce. The Center is the only neutral, nursing workforce-focused organization operating from a system- and state-wide perspective while at the same time working “on the ground” with over 175 clinical and educational partners from all segments of Colorado’s healthcare workforce pipeline. The Center’s Vision is: “Transforming Healthcare Through Workforce Innovation” and the Mission is: “Building upon a foundation of evidence, the Center advocates for and provides professional education, leadership development, coaching and data analysis to continually strengthen the nursing and healthcare workforce. Our defining strategy is to convene and engage the right people, at the right time, to develop and implement innovative solutions to emerging healthcare challenges.”
The Colorado Health Foundation is bringing health in reach for all Coloradans by engaging closely with communities across the state through investing, policy and advocacy, learning and capacity building.
The Colorado Medical Society is a nonprofit organization whose membership comprises more than 7,500 physicians, resident physicians and medical students in Colorado. The society’s mission is to champion the health care issues of critical importance to Colorado physicians and the patients and communities they serve. CMS is governed by a board of directors of representatives from around the state who are directly connected to the full membership through the revolutionary Central Line virtual engagement platform.
The Colorado Nurses Association is the professional organization representing all of Colorado’s Registered Nurses. The mission of the Colorado Nurses Association is: Strong together to advance the profession of nursing to improve health for all.
The Primary Care Office at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment was created in 1987 through a cooperative agreement with the Health Resources and Services Administration to engage states in the assessment, planning and support of the health professional workforce. Since the Primary Care Office became a statutory office of state government in 2009, the office has built public private partnerships to expand the health professional workforce and now administers the largest state based practice incentive program in the nation. The Primary Care Office promotes health equity in Colorado by reducing barriers to primary, oral and mental health care access. The Office emphasizes the acute primary medical, oral and mental health service needs of low-income, publicly insured, uninsured and geographically isolated Coloradans.
Public Health Nurses Association of Colorado (PHNAC) is the largest professional organization for public health nurses in Colorado. We are made of nurse leaders, seasoned and novice public health nurses from across the state. Our members work in local and state health departments, academia, non-profit organizations, and rural clinics, etc. We represent the voices of public health nurses and we advocate on behalf of them.
Regional Health Connectors (RHCs) work across the state to improve health in Colorado by connecting the systems that keep us healthy – including primary care, public health, social services, and other community resources. An RHC is a local resident whose full-time job is to improve the coordination of services to advance health and address social determinants of health. RHCs support providers and their patients by connecting primary care practices with reliable state and regional resources such as mental health response trainings, and by building ongoing supportive relationships with practices to address region-specific community health issues. The RHC program is supported by two federally funded practice transformation initiatives: the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) and EvidenceNOW Southwest (ENSW). The program is developed and managed by the Colorado Health Institute and Trailhead Institute.
Trailhead Institute is the corporate home of RIHEL and co-manages the Regional Health Connectors Program. A 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, Trailhead Institute is driven by innovation and collaboration, specializes in community engagement and leadership development, and acts as administrative home for dozens of health and environment projects in the U.S.