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.

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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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:

“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

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.

Be a champion for kids' health

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

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Children's Colorado in the news

  • FOX21 Colorado Springs
    Colorado lawmakers discuss updating decades-old newborn screening bill
    April 19, 2018

    Each year, about 2,000 babies born in Colorado will fail an initial newborn hearing test. Allison Cunningham, a pediatric audiologist at Children’s Colorado, spoke with Fox 21 News about a much-needed update to the Newborn Screening Bill to include screening for hearing loss, which will help kids like four-year-old Johnny Mcleod.

  • Colorado Politics
    Pending legislation would ensure children can access mental-health treatment
    April 13, 2018

    Jena Hausmann, President and CEO for Children’s Colorado, advocates for the Children and Youth Mental Health Treatment Act, a bill that would strengthen the youth mental health system in Colorado for children with highly specialized mental health needs.

  • CBS4
    Clock ticks on bill to allow out-of-state nurses to practice in Colorado
    January 15, 2018

    Kelly Galloway, head of nursing for outpatient care and the pediatric call center at Children’s Colorado, speaks with CBS4 about the importance of renewing the interstate nursing compact to help address the nurse shortage in Colorado.