Caring for Colorado Safety Net Initiative

Dates: 2012-2013

State: Colorado

Client(s): Mountain Family Health Center

Services: Health Care & Public Health Planning, Training & Technical Assistance

Technical Expertise: Health Information Technology, Primary Care, Rural Health, Safety Net, Health Care Reform

The health care environment is rapidly changing, and with it the role of safety net institutions. The Caring for Colorado Foundation (CFC) has developed a two-phase funding initiative to strengthen the capacity of safety net clinics to provide high quality primary care to underserved populations. This funding is designed to build capacity and expertise through technical assistance in the following areas: identifying strategic, financial, and administrative resources essential to the future of health care delivery; exploring and developing opportunities for continued/increased access to care; developing collaborations; and other service models that enhance sustainability and service capacity.

Through the first phase of this initiative, JSI provided technical assistance and consulting services to four CFC funded clinics. They included: Dove Creek Community Health Center, Mountain Family Health Center, Olathe Community Clinic, and SET of Colorado Springs. From December 2012 to March 2013, JSI worked with each of the clinics on assessment and planning activities. These activities helped inform implementation plans that each clinic submitted to CFC for additional funding support under the second phase of the initiative.

JSI has developed a tailored scope of work with each clinic. Common areas of focus include: community needs assessments to inform service development; operational assessments to identify areas of strength and areas for improvement; strategic planning activities with staff and Boards of Directors; and assessment of partnerships and additional partnership opportunities.