The Work We Do

Thoughtful. Meaningful. Impactful. Through community engagement programs, active administrative partnerships, youth sexual health and education services, and food access and security initiatives like the Collaborative Leadership Initiatives, Trailhead enables us to realize the true and purpose-driven potential of public health in Colorado. Through a culture of conscious collaboration—a think tank of the possible—Trailhead provides the essential tools, platforms and the necessary personnel for realizing the complete and full potential of what public health in Colorado is truly meant to achieve.

Administrative Partnerships

At Trailhead Institute, we opted to head in a different direction with our Administrative Partnership Program. As your strategic partner, we deviate from the traditional route most fiscal sponsorship programs take because we invest time, energy and passion into our administrative partners from the very beginning. Offering direction and guidance before funding is even secured allows Trailhead partners to fully leverage our back office services while maintaining full control over their projects. We also strive to build skills that expand administrative capacity for the long term. This translates to the capacity and expertise they need to move their mission forward.

Learn more with our Administrative Partnership Program white paper.
Our current Administrative Partnership projects

Affinity Consulting works to advance health and health equity by connecting with others to collaborate and cultivate community well-being.

AOPYO focuses on youth engagement in the areas of wellness, leadership, common sense, and social responsibility. They create advocacy points around health and wellness initiatives while orienting youth to the AOPYO philosophy, which is reinforced with the practice of tai chi.

At the Table Colorado (ATTC) convenes forums, throughout Colorado, designed to elevate civic conversation, foster new relationships and inspire collaborative action to improve communities. ATTC brings people from all walks of life together to participate in conversations about what makes their communities great and what can be done to make them even better.

CHARGE for Positive Youth Development (CHARGE PYD) works across the six counties of southeast Colorado. It started out using the County Health Rankings to determine major health issues in the region and then applied the Community Guide to determine what efforts would be most feasible and meaningful to the communities. Youth sexual health was identified as a key area of focus and additional funding has helped to support efforts to address this issue. Creating cultural change within these rural, tight-knit communities requires trust and understanding of the community. A youth empowerment model has allowed CHARGE to be successful in starting conversations around these issues in areas where they previously did not exist.

A grassroots organization, CREA (Community + Research +Education + Awareness) Results Community Health Workers was created in 2006 to focus the talents and abilities of community members on eliminating health disparities and environmental poverty through local action. The organization’s team of Promotores de Salud, or Community Health Workers, are members of the community who are fluent in the Latino language and sensitive to the local culture. The overall project goal is to recruit, train and employ Promotores de Salud/Community Health Workers to provide a bridge between health care service providers and the community.

The Colorado Cancer Coalition (CCC) is a unique alliance of organizations and individuals that share a common focus: the prevention and control of cancer in Colorado. The CCC is dedicated to achieving increased prevention, research, early detection and improved treatment of cancer for all Coloradoans in the coming decade.

The Colorado Perinatal Care Quality Collaborative is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of women and infants throughout the state by working closely with hospitals and perinatal providers, as well as partnering with organizations such as the March of Dimes, Colorado Hospital Association, and other professional groups working in the interest of perinatal care.

Formed in 2011, the Colorado Prevention Alliance (CPA) seeks to engage and empower Colorado health plans, public health entities, businesses and other stakeholders to work collaboratively on disease prevention issues and to leverage resources to support these endeavors. The CPA addresses a wide spectrum of prevention efforts based on stakeholder direction to ensure relevance, buy-in and active engagement. The CPA also uses a review of the National Business Coalition on Health’s evalu8 Request for Information and HEDIS data set results for Colorado health plans to inform decisions and prioritize projects.

This project is a state team collaborative where there is an in-person skill-building and networking workshop focused on community engagement as a best practice to address health equity in local decision making processes. The primary objective of the workshop is to increase local public health agency (LPHA) capacity to conduct effective community engagement that supports successful local coalitions and partnerships, and guides collaborative decision-making for assessment and planning in Colorado.

This youth engaged community based participatory engagement creates a body of data and information to strengthen youth program strategies across city agencies and city organizations related to substance use and marijuana use.

This is a youth engaged community based participatory engagement that creates a body of data and information to strengthen youth program strategies across city agencies and city organizations while raising awareness of youth health issues in the community and with key organizational partners.

The Colorado Farm to School Task Force was created to study, develop and recommend policies and methods to implement a statewide farm-to-school program that will bring healthy, fresh, local food to K-12 schools in Colorado to improve school food nutrition and student health. In addition to mapping out what it will take to have sustainable farm-to-school efforts statewide, the task force is working to identify and address specific gaps for farm-to-school to flourish in Colorado.

The goal of Gaining Ground is to grow momentum and system-level support to help Colorado local public health agencies learn about and engage in quality improvement efforts. It also focuses on helping these agencies prepare for national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board. This is a collaborative project involving multiple system-level public health partners, including:

  • Trailhead Institute
  • Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials (CALPHO)
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)
  • Colorado Health Institute (CHI)
  • Colorado Public Health Association (CPHA)
  • Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH)
  • Center for Public Health Practice
  • Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center
  • Colorado Public Health Practice-Based Research Network (COPHPBRN)

Believing in the power of youth as a catalyst for change and an essential ally in the work to improve health in our communities, Kaiser Permanente creates youth engagement programs that provide high school students the opportunities to be educators, leaders and advocates for health. Under the guidance and facilitation of professional actors/educators from their team, high school youth partner with experts from school, city and state health organizations to identify health barriers, raise awareness of youth health concerns, offer youth driven solutions, and implement youth driven strategies to improve the health of the community. Following the principles of Positive Youth Development, the Arts Integrated Resources (AIR) Youth Engagement Programs provide opportunities and experiences for all youth leaders. The programs also provide youth leaders with stipends for their community work, reflecting the organization’s belief that youth are resources to be cultivated not problems to be fixed.

Mountain Roots Healthy Foods’ mission is to cultivate a resilient food system in Gunnison Valley by enhancing healthy connections between earth, food, and community. They are partnering with Trailhead to place AmeriCorps members in rural counties of Southwestern Colorado who will address rural capacity issues with a focus on community food security through education and outreach.

The NCR HCC facilitates the opportunity for health care partners to share best practices, develop networking relationships and enhance collaboration and communication for the purpose of increasing the ability of the health care delivery system to prepare for, prevent, mitigate, respond to and recover from any and all emergencies.Your Content Goes Here

The Patient Navigator Training Collaborative (PNTC) provides national leadership for the development, education, standardization and sustainability of the growing patient navigation workforce. Patient navigation is a form of intervention in which a patient navigator assists individuals in accessing health services during an episode of care by minimizing potential barriers. Patient navigators may focus on patients with particular health care conditions or during other phases of care ranging from prevention to end of life. They are widely used in hospitals, community health centers and, increasingly, in community-based agencies. The goals of the PNTC are to accomplish the following:

  • Create and deliver the coursework necessary for developing a competent patient navigator workforce.
  • Provide expertise in the effective dissemination of the patient navigator intervention.
  • Disseminate the evidence base of Patient Navigation to community, academia and public health professionals.

Postpartum Wellness Center of Boulder has created a nonprofit arm of their work, The Margaret L. Shaw Institute for Perinatal Mental Health (Shaw Institute), to improve the lives of mothers and their families by transforming systems of care. They partner with local stakeholders to create awareness of and provide early screening and assessment to perinatal women and their families, as well as offer high quality training to mental health professionals.

The goal is to educate and mobilize communities negatively impacted by health and environmental issues to organize themselves, address these issues, and promote community health. They expect to see clean energy policy and practice changes that protect the most vulnerable populations in communities, allow entrepreneurship and participation in the environmental movement and increase the political and civic engagement of residents.

VUELA’s primary objective is to engage the Latino community through strategic partnerships that build leadership, promote public health, and foster economic, environmental, and social well-being. A team of Promotoras (Community Health Workers), passionate cultural and linguistic liaisons who advocate on behalf of the community and build trust between community members and local service agencies, drive its work.

VNLs provides research, evaluation, tools, and training that focus on translating data to practice in order to guide people in communities to successfully build cross-sector partnerships to tackle today’s most pressing issues. They do this by engineering tools to make personal and community assets visible, identify gaps, and strengthen the system of resources to serve them.

Administrative Partnership projects who have graduated
  • Oral Health Coalition
  • RIHEL (Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership)
  • Rocky Mountain Public Health Education Consortium
  • Spanish/English Promotora Training Community Outreach: Cancer Focus
  • Study to Explore Early Development (SEED)
  • Systems of Care Initiative
  • Think about IT!
  • UNA Boca Soludable