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 Partnership Program


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.

Trailhead was founded in 1993 as the Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment to meet a need for fiscal management of funds coming from the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment and out into communities. Though it would not be until 2017 that the fiscal sponsorship arm within Trailhead would be officially coined as the Administrative Partnership Program, administrative partnership has served as Trailhead’s flagship offering since the organization’s inception, going above and beyond traditional fiscal sponsorship by investing time and resources into start-ups and projects with incredible promise for transforming community health, whether or not they have existing funding, in order to provide them with an opportunity to grow and flourish.

Learn more about the APP program’s approach to fiscal sponsorship, eligibility requirements, and our process for bringing on Administrative Partners through our APP Program White Paper.

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Through the Administrative Partnership Program, Trailhead serves as a flexible and strategic administrative partner, providing fiscal sponsorship and operations support to individuals, organizations, and collaboratives. Partners may be unincorporated entities, a 501(c)(3), or an LLC in need of an administrative partner, with or without funding in hand, on a specific grant or project. Trailhead’s approach allows Administrative Partners to leverage the organization’s back office services while maintaining full control over their projects.

Managing the fiscal and administrative responsibilities of a public health initiative can be a complex and time-consuming burden that diverts precious staff and resources away from an organization’s core efforts and objectives. By investing time, energy, and passion into partnerships from the early stages, Trailhead helps build skills to expand long-term administrative capacity. We believe that by investing time, energy and passion into these partnerships and organizations from the early stages we can help them build their capabilities to think strategically and expand their administrative capacity for the long term. 

Trailhead is currently focused on addressing the stark disparity between communities, community-based organizations (CBOs) and larger academically and professionally seasoned organizations, particularly in their ability to independently secure, manage, and administer large grant funds. This inequity results in a decreased capacity for communities and CBOs to implement innovative, community-informed programs designed specifically to address each communities’ unique needs.

Interested in Becoming an Administrative Partner?

Download and complete our Pre-Administrative Partnership Application through the button below.

**Please note that we regularly experience a high demand for fiscal sponsorship. Upon receiving your application we may place application reviews on a waitlist. Thank you for understanding.**

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Our Current Administrative Partnership Projects

Affinity Consulting works to enhance the content for curriculum designed to promote relational, financial, mental, and personal well-being.

Apprentice of Peace Youth Organization’s (AOPYO) mission is to reduce mental health stigmas with the incorporation of leadership, arts, wellness, and skilled trades throughout all programs. AOPYO teaches practices and principles that allow young people through adults to express their true nature by discovering their own unique path through embracing life’s journey.

ARISE Beyond Barriers stimulates a holistic, healthier and happier community of people with disabilities by utilizing and providing recreation, social events, life coaching and peer counseling.

Arts & Wellness was formed in 2015 to bring awareness to a potential silent killer – cervical cancer. They are a grassroots, faith-based project. Arts & Wellness develops and implements plans to increase the rate of cervical cancer screenings, increase awareness and the importance of HPV vaccination, and increase vaccination rate for adolescence children. Through participation in 9 Health Fairs (9HF), they’ve helped screen over 450 women for cervical cancer.

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.

CREA Results is a cultural broker, building the assets of the immigrant community in Colorado by increasing health equity and economic security. Their work is driven by a team of Promotores de Salud/Community Health Workers: passionate cultural and linguistic liaisons that advocate on behalf of the community and build trust among community members and local service agencies.

The Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger is a multiyear plan to end hunger for all Coloradans. It was developed, with funding from the Colorado Health Foundation, by individuals and organizations from across the state who are working on or experiencing hunger in their own homes and communities.

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.

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps is a project featuring 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.

The Crowley Foundation connects and builds young men (Young Kings) by providing educational opportunities through academic instruction, life skills, social/emotional learning, relationship building and career exploration. They foster learning and empowerment by providing leadership development programs, promoting artist expression as well as healthy lifestyles via five protective factors (mental health).

Dana Lewis is convening innovators, researchers, and advocates working outside the health care arena to maximize their contributions toward building a Culture of Health.

Denver Alliance for Street Health Response’s (DASHR) mission is to create and support community-based responses to crisis and conflict as a way to ensure public health and safety. DASHR was initially founded as a coalition to bring an alternative crisis response to Denver, Colorado, and expanded its work to align with a new narrative around what public health and safety can look like for our communities, which include meeting basic human needs such ending housing and food insecurity.

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.

Empowered Healthcare recently received a grant from the COPIC Medical Foundation to provide support to three rural hospitals subsequent to the completion of the C-CAT with CHA. Under the grant, Empowered Healthcare will consult with each participating hospital to use C-CAT data to prioritize opportunities for improving patient-centered communication domains and develop a Quality Improvement project addressing one or more of the gaps.

Fatherhood Support Services serves non-residential parents and their families. They also serve young and incarcerated fathers, providing wrap-around services to participants in the form of individual assessments, coaching, case management, parenting classes and peer support groups. Their program partners with parents to assist them in navigating systems and overcoming obstacles to be there for their children.

From The Heart Enterprises works in developing programs to assist families, adults, youth, and professionals to aid in healing internal trauma and systematic disparities by creating strong foundations, healthy communities and successful habits.

iNOW supports three important strategies for achieving a collective goal of immigrant integration: navigation, outreach, wealth-building. iNOW implements these strategies by bridging the interests and needs of grass tops and grass roots organizations and communities. iNOW focuses on the intersection of evidence-based pathways to integration for immigrant populations (in particular refugees) in Metro Denver. These integration pathways mirror social determinants of health and include: Employment and economic sufficiency; Education and training; Child’s education; Physical health & well-being; Housing; Social bonding; Social bridging; Language and cultural knowledge; Safety and stability; Civic engagement.

The Jefferson County Food Policy Council (FPC) envisions Jefferson County as a food-secure community with food access for all residents; a robust, equitable farming infrastructure; and a thriving local food economy.

The Kings Counsel consists of a partnership between Crowley Foundation, From The Heart Enterprises, and The Apprentice of Peace Youth Organization. Together we will provide programming focused on adult and young men of color that focus on engagement, connection, and mentorship.

The Light Collective supports a trusted health community-driven and health community-governed online collective for peer support groups sharing health journeys, curated content, and research, and connecting individuals, including patients, caregivers, and clinicians.

LinkAGES was founded in 2018 with a vision of preventing or reducing social isolation in Colorado through meaningful connections across ages. Through a collaborative of members and strategic partners, LinkAGES strives to make intergenerational programming the norm by building capacity, facilitating collaboration and raising awareness of the power of intergenerational connections.

Martial Hearts is a program designed to teach young people empowerment by focusing on self defense in the areas of bullies, abduction, sexual abuse, and physical abuse. Besides focusing on physical defensive techniques, we also focus on the mind/psychology of abusers and victims, and methods to counter “grooming” tactics. Above all we are about the empowerment of young men and women to walk confidently as they develop into leaders of our communities.

Morgan County Interagency Oversight Group Committee serves the needs of Morgan County youth and families by coordinating innovative services.

Mountain Roots Food Project’s 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.

Northeast Region Healthcare Coalition (NERHC) will support healthcare organizations, public health departments and coordinate with emergency management agencies to prepare for; respond to; mitigate; and recover from disasters by promoting integration, collaboration, information sharing, and resource support in the region.

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.

Project Belay was created to support communities experiencing disparity and inequity. We build community capacity to attain equitable community health. Project Belay leverages an understanding of culture, policy, advocacy, organizing, education and healthy community design to demystify “change” and help community members navigate the political and civic processes.

Project Protect Food System Workers was organized to ensure that this group of always-essential workers is adequately protected from COVID and appropriately compensated for their labor and for the risks they assume in service to the common good. Project Protect Food Systems Workers attends to the new and urgent needs of Colorado’s food system workers in the COVID-context. They also aim to address long-standing forms of marginalization that undermine food security and should not be tolerated in a society that aspires to equality and justice for all.

Prosperando is a project working to improve the care of Latinos and other racial and ethnic groups who have kidney disease through curriculum development and education among patient navigators.

The Safe and Abundant Nutrition Alliance (SANA) is working to expand the local farm-to-food pantry system that provides produce, meat and eggs to local food pantries.

Sharing Our Blessings Food Pantry are a blessed group of bilingual friends providing food and educational resources to those facing hunger and living below the poverty line. They are committed to fostering self-sufficiency within diverse communities in Colorado.

VUELA for Health’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.

Our Graduated Administrative Partnership Projects