Children's Colorado has a long history of advocating to improve the health and safety of kids. This work goes beyond our hospital walls and into the broader community.
Advocating for kids – in and out of the hospital
As a nonprofit pediatric hospital, our bottom line is kids – this means that positive hospital margins are reinvested into the health and well-being of children. Putting that work into numbers isn’t easy. However, in 2011, Children's Colorado reported more than $141 million in “community benefit” activities – that is, activities we conducted as a hospital that went beyond caring for patients and made an impact on our community at large. This includes everything from dental screening and immunization clinics for kids, to financial counseling and car seat education for parents. Read more about our work in the community (.pdf)
Creating the Children’s Health Advocacy Institute (CHAI)
To reinforce our hospital’s ongoing commitment to health improvement, Children's Colorado established the Children’s Health Advocacy Institute (CHAI). CHAI’s mission is to positively impact the health and safety of children by working collaboratively with the public and our community partners. By bringing people together and leading the way in child health and safety, CHAI builds and operates evidence based programs aimed at creating a thriving community for children.
In order to focus hospital community benefit efforts in the areas of greatest need, Children’s Colorado has partnered with the Colorado School of Public Health to assess the child health needs of Colorado children. This was accomplished through a combination of secondary data collection and analysis, key informant interviews, focus groups (youth and adult) and community engagement sessions. CHAI continues to partner with the community to drive an implementation plan to address these needs, with oversight from the hospital Board Committee on Community Benefit.
Download our 2012 community health assessment (.pdf)
Free resources for kids, parents and the community
By working with our community partners, we've compiled a library of free and helpful resources to keep kids safe and keep kids healthy.