Children's Hospital Colorado

Child Health Advocacy in Public Policy

Here at Children’s Hospital Colorado, child health advocacy is a core part of our hospital’s mission to care for kids. This is why our Government Affairs team works to keep kids out of the hospital by passing laws and policies that improve kids’ health. We work with local, state and federal leaders and community partners to ensure kids grow up healthy and strong.

We have a responsibility to advocate on behalf of our patients and families, our community and all kids, not only because it’s an investment in our nation’s future, but because it’s the right thing to do.

As a nonpartisan organization, we hope to serve as a resource for voters and elected officials alike on the unique needs of children. Above all, we speak up clearly and powerfully for kids’ needs in public policy.

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Children’s health policy issues

Whether we’re advocating for vaping and tobacco control, improving vaccine and immunization rates, promoting children’s mental health or protecting children’s access to healthcare, we campaign for public policy change that benefits the health of all kids. Key issues that the Government Affairs team works to promote include:

Healthier kids through public policy

Public policy decisions can dramatically shape the health of children, for better or worse. That’s why we speak up on their behalf – year after year.

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Protecting health coverage and access for all children

We believe that no child should lose health insurance because of changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Medicaid. All eligible children should have health insurance coverage, whether through private insurance, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Tricare or other programs.

Health insurance coverage is vital because it enables children to access the services they need to grow up healthy and strong, particularly in their prenatal and early formative years of life. Our Government Affairs team works to ensure health insurance coverage for as many kids as possible.

“Advocacy is a core part of our mission. That means speaking up for patients and families, kids in our community and kids across the country to ensure each of them have the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong.”
Zach Zaslow, Senior Director of Government Affairs

Children's Colorado in the news

Denverite

Children’s Colorado Health Pavilion announces Resource Connect

December 6, 2019

The program provides families with resources on food, housing and other challenges not always thought of as medical, but that largely impact health.

9News

Governor Polis signs bill aimed at reducing youth suicide

May 17, 2019

During the 2019 legislative session, experts from Children's Hospital Colorado championed a bill to improve mental health services for children and teens across the state. Gov. Jared Polis signed the bill into law at Children's Colorado in May 2019.

9News

Colorado lawmakers want stricter limits on where you can vape

January 15, 2019

There are many places in Colorado where cigarette smoking is not allowed. State lawmakers want to add the same restrictions to vaping and e-cigarettes.