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

  • 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
    Experts discuss the need for additional mental health resources for young people
    May 07, 2019

    The suicide rate in Colorado has increased by 44 percent over the last 20 years. Jenna Glover, child psychologist, and Heidi Baskfield, VP of Population Health and Advocacy, discussed the need for more mental health resources in Colorado and Senate Bill 195.

  • Colorado Community Media
    Youth Advocacy Board raises awareness
    February 07, 2019

    Chloe McNamee lost her brother to suicide. As a leader of Children's Colorado's Youth Advocacy Board, she hopes to share her own struggles with depression and anxiety and increase community efforts for suicide prevention.