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.

Learn about our priorities for 2019

Learn about our achievements in 2019

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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:

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.

How can I advocate for children’s health?

  1. Sign up for Child Health Champions to stay informed, receive regular updates and get action alerts that make it easy to speak up on behalf of kids.
  2. Contact your legislator and urge them to keep kids top of mind when making health policy decisions.
  3. Follow Child Health Champions on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the latest on child health policy.
  4. Reach out to advocacy@childrenscolorado.org with any additional questions.

Children's Colorado in the news

9News

Governor Polis signs bill aimed at reducing youth suicide

mayo 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

enero 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.

Aurora Sentinel

Letter: Lawmakers wrong about tax breaks for tobacco industry

mayo 28, 2018

Robin Deterding, MD, Medical Director of the Breathing Institute at Children’s Colorado, joins Healthier Colorado Denver in asking Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to protect children’s health by vetoing tax breaks for the tobacco industry.

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