Friday's Feature

The well-being and welfare of our children should always be our focus.  ~ Todd Tiahrt                                           

News, Announcements, Celebrations

  • Mental Health Month Declaration is being sponsored by Mental Health Colorado and Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council. You can join these folks and Lt. Governor Donna Lynne in the west foyer of the State Capitol May 1st 12-1PM, 200 E. Colfax Ave.
  • Leadership through Change: Managing health care in today’s environment will involve a panel discussion by experts in mental health, including Andrew Romanoff, to discuss perspectives on caring for acute behavioral health patients. May 5, 7:45AM-12:45PM, COPIC Insurance bldg., 7351 E. Lowry Blvd., Denver – sponsored by COPIC and the Colorado Hospital Association.
  • Help others by sharing your personal story is a page on Mental Health Colorado’s website to which they post stories submitted by Coloradans who have faced mental health or substance use problems.

Community Prevention


Policy Efforts

navigate it is a story posted on Market Watch about how medical bill advocates and other third-party businesses have sprung up in the gaps and blind spots of America’s complicated, fragmented health care system.

  • Health Care in America: An Employment Bonanza and a Runaway-Cost Crisis is a posting on Kaiser Health News by Chad Terhune about the health care industry now employs 1 in 9 Americans. Harvard economist, Katherine Baicker, says we should be aiming for a health care system that operates more efficiently and effectively, which might mean better outcomes for patients, but fewer jobs…which will be a tough habit to break.
  • Change in 52 year-old Medicaid rule will expand mental health care is a story in The Columbus Dispatch by Alan Johnson about how, effective July 1, Ohio Medicaid recipients, aged 21 to 64 years in a managed care plan, will be eligible for up 15 days of inpatient mental health treatment. The program specifically exempted that group from inpatient coverage since it was founded in 1965.

Research, Data, Evaluation

  • Five questions for Dana Dabelea is an interview captured in CU Connections by Cynthia Pasquale with Dana Dabelea, Conrad M. Riley Endowed Professor in epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health about her work in diabetes and clues to diabetes prevention she’s detected. She believes in going upstream and studying younger people with diabetes to increase the chance of finding risk factors for the disease progression before the complications develop. Social policy matters.
  • Food insecurity can affect your mental health: Large worldwide survey points to link is an article in Science Daily about a worldwide study that determined that food insecurity (affects nearly 795 million people) was associated with poorer mental health and specific psychosocial stressors across global regions (149 countries), independent of individuals’ socioeconomic status.
  • Massachusetts carbon fee would save $2.9 billion in health costs over two decades, study finds is a story reported by Shira Schoenberg on Mass Live about a Harvard University study commissioned by environmental groups. She indicates that instituting a carbon fee in Massachusetts can have substantial benefits to public health through improving air quality, a study based on the projected decrease in air pollution generated by a carbon fee.

SIM Update

  • Managing Your Practice: Understanding Total Cost of Care by Steve Melek, May 17th, noon to 1PM MDT. Watched for registration.
  • Regional Health Connectors (RHCs) are working in Colorado to link primary care practices with local resources to improve the health of the community, and to help remove healthcare barriers.