Past projects

Trailhead Institute, formerly the Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment, has worked in a variety of ways to support dozens of worthwhile organizations and projects to advance the health of our communities and environment in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Region. Here are just some of the projects we’ve helped to support:

Aurora Health Access

Brings together key health and community leaders who are committed to transforming the health care system in Aurora, serving as a powerful catalyst for change.

Blending and Braiding your TANF Initiative (BBYT)

This initiative gave local communities an opportunity to collaborate and learn how to use multiple funding streams to support evidence-based and best practice services. It also taught them how to accomplish these goals while maintaining the transparency and accountability required by Temporary Assistance for Need Family (TANF)’s outcome-focused funding stream.

CIPAC Live Initiative

CIPAC (Colorado Influenza and Pneumococcal Alert Coalition / Latino Influenza Vaccination and Education) Live Initiative provided educational outreach to the Latino community to improve their understanding of the importance of preventative care, such as influenza immunizations. The program provided influenza immunizations to school-age children and their families in an effort to positively impact the health of this population in Colorado.

Center for Healthy Living

Trailhead Institute worked in collaboration with the Center for Healthy Living with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to house resources for training and activities to improve the health of Coloradans.

Collaborating to Conquer Colorectal Cancer in Colorado

This initiative used educational outreach to increase colorectal cancer screening among Colorado citizens.

Colorado Links

Trailhead Institute requested and received two years of funding on behalf of the LINKS Initiative to implement Colorado’s Behavioral Health Action Plan for Children, Youth, and Their Families. The plan promoted a shared policy agenda for state agencies, consumer advocacy groups, legislators and other leaders in the behavioral health system.

Encrucijada: Sin Salud, No hay nada (Crossroads: Without health, there is nothing)

Inspired by an unconventional program developed by The Baltimore Child Health Plan, the Encrucijada project created a full series of novellas – Spanish-speaking soap operas—to promote enrollment in public health insurance and health promotion and disease prevention.

EvidenceNOW Southwest

A collaborative between Colorado and New Mexico, EvidenceNOW Southwest (ENSW) was designed to help small and mid-sized primary care practices that are focused on improving the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular risk. Trailhead Institute was one of the local host organizations supported by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality through the EvidenceNOW program. We contracted with multiple practice transformation organizations, which supported practices engaged in this type of effort. We also managed the Regional Health Connector program for the ENSW program.

Oral Health Coalition

A collaboration of multiple organizations, the Oral Health Coalition focused on oral health issues in Colorado.

Regional Health Connectors

Regional Health Connectors (RHCs) serve as liaisons to physician offices, public health and community organizations, creating partnerships that lead to healthier communities and healthier practices. RHCs provide links among the various components of the healthcare delivery system (with a particular focus on primary care), practice transformation organizations, public health system, community organizations, state, county and city agencies, and the academic health system. One function, for example, is to build relationships with primary care practices to make them aware of the resources available to help them evolve to new models of care delivery and compensation. RHCs are deployed across Colorado as a part of the Colorado Health Extension System, a multi-stakeholder collaborative that creates a statewide infrastructure to support and coordinate practice transformation and to connect primary care to local public health and community organizations for community health improvement initiatives.

Rocky Mountain Public Health Education Consortium

This multi-state entity developed and implemented a regional collaboration of university faculty and state agency maternal and child health programs to improve the health status of and eliminate health disparities among women, children and families, including those with special health care needs.

Spanish/English Promotora Training Community Outreach: Cancer Focus

This multi-faceted project was focused on reducing cancer health disparities among the Spanish-speaking Latino community in the cities of Colorado Springs, Peyton, and Calhan in El Paso County, and in the city of Avondale in Pueblo County.

Study to Explore Early Development (SEED)

Trailhead Institute was one of six sites funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct this research study to investigate the risk factors and causes of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Systems of Care Initiative

This initiative developed community-based programs to foster improved healthcare and patient satisfaction, while helping to control healthcare costs in the Northern Colorado region.

Think about IT!

Think About It Colorado was a public awareness campaign designed to spark a statewide conversation about patient safety and to drive reform in this critical area. The campaign brought together a coalition of dedicated and knowledgeable leaders from the patient advocacy, health care and business communities. It asked Coloradans to “Imagine a Safer and Healthier Colorado” because that’s the first step towards making it a reality.

UNA Boca Soludable

Evolve Communications began the Una Boca Saludable project in May 2008 with a grant from the Dental Trade Alliance Foundation. The project was subsequently funded by The Colorado Health Foundation and the Caring for Colorado Foundation, and then an additional round of funding from Caring for Colorado enabled the project to continue reaching Spanish-speaking Latinos in Denver with vital oral health care information.

Western Pipeline Award Program Office: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) was authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 as a non-profit, nongovernmental organization to help patients, clinicians, purchasers and make better-informed health decisions by “advancing the quality and relevance of evidence about how to prevent, diagnose, treat, monitor, and manage diseases, disorders, and other health conditions.” PCORI’s Pipeline to Proposal Awards (also called Pipeline Awards), was a progressive, three-tiered funding approach that was designed to speed up research proposal submission and dissemination, and to develop a nationwide foundation of patients, stakeholders and researchers who are equipped and eager to participate in patient-centered outcomes research. Trailhead Institute was responsible for the operational, programmatic and fiscal duties associated with Pipeline Awards across 16 western states and served in a consulting role for overall program development and improvement for the program nationally. Read the final PCORI P2P Report.