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 advocating for laws and policies that improve kids’ health. We work with local, state and federal leaders, community partners, families and community members 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. And we rely on our network of Child Health Champions to speak up, too!

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Be a champion for kids' health

We make it easy to write emails, make phone calls, share social media posts and speak up for kids’ — so that lawmakers know that their constituents value child health.

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Children’s health policy issues

Whether we’re advocating to promote youth mental health or protecting kids' 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:

  • Child and adolescent mental health
  • Social determinants of child health
  • Early childhood
  • Respiratory health
  • Pediatric oral health
  • Injury prevention
  • Healthy eating and active living
  • Protecting and expanding children's access to care
  • Workforce

Download our mental health policy playbook (.pdf).

“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 has the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong.”
Zach Zaslow, Government Affairs
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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.

Learn what we achieved in 2022

Child health in the news

  • CNN
    How the pandemic worsened children’s mental health
    July 22, 2021

    The pandemic has pushed children's mental health to a "crisis point." Watch as a child and adolescent psychologist, a child health policy advocate and a member of the hospital's youth action board discuss rising anxiety and depression, policy solutions that increase access to care, and what has helped one teen through the past year.

  • CBS4
    Children of all ages facing mental health challenges
    May 26, 2021

    Anxiety and stress have skyrocketed among children since the pandemic began. Dr. Jenna Glover, a clinical psychologist, shares what parents should look out for in their children and ways to help them if they’re struggling. Learn more.

  • Colorado Public Radio
    Student mental health crisis as a result of COVID-19
    April 05, 2021

    Kate Hartman is a 7th-grader in Denver and a patient ambassador for Children’s Colorado. She struggled with mental health issues in the past, and like many students her age, felt sad and isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read her story and why it’s important for kids and parents to seek connectedness during this time.