JULY  2021

Dear Health Community Colleague,

Welcome to the second edition this month of the Navigator. In this issue, we’re including some LGBTQ information that may be of interest. You’ll also find information about the struggles children have faced during the pandemic, and information related to COVID-19. This month we’re taking a pause on the Provider Partnership story, and instead are reflecting on the year so far; where we are today, and where the future will lead.

If you want to learn more about anything in this issue of the Navigator or just have a question, please contact us. You can also follow us on any of our social media channels using the links below.

In good health,
Colorado Access

You may have expected to read another story about Colorado Access collaboration with a community partner or provider. This month we are taking a pause on that, to reflect on a whirlwind of a year – where we’ve been, where we are now, and what the future holds. Read on for a reflection from Marty Janssen, our senior director of RAE communications and programs.

These are the moments that define us. 

I’m not talking about the noted moments: those times of crises and pomp that etch names and images into our collective psyche. Rather, I’m talking about the often quiet, always significant aftermath, when we truly decide if what we’ve learned will shape who we become. Granted, this may sound a little too poetic for a blog entry about company operations, but we are truly at a unique moment in our company’s history, a point when the incidents of our time are happening directly in the space that Colorado Access is built to straddle. Our narrative will be written by how we fill that space.

In many ways, the first half of 2021 has been a time of reflection and response for our company. How do we appropriately reflect on the events of 2020, and how do we effectively respond? In other ways, the past six months have been a reiteration of our commitment to the things we signed up for when we accepted responsibility as a Regional Accountable Entity. In every way, these 180 or so days have been an opportunity to blend those things into a more whole, more understanding version of ourselves—to move purposefully between thoughts of equity and the actions that engender it, plied as support and reliance for the people and partners we serve. Click here to read more.
LGBTQ Youth Find More Acceptance Online
Than At Home
Nearly 70% of LGBTQ youth polled in the annual mental health survey from the Trevor Project said they found more validation and community online than at home or school. This can be problematic. Learn more here.

Children Face Added Mental Health Struggles During Pandemic
Psychiatrist Tami Benton was recently called to the emergency department for a child whose family had concerns about the girl’s suicidal threats to run into traffic and end her life. The child was only 5 years old. Both of the child’s parents had lost their jobs. The mother was struggling with depression, stressed by the demands of the pandemic. Read more here.
Community Events

Youth Engagement Pop-Up Event Series:
The Youth Violence Prevention Program is a newly funded initiative to implement a public health approach and intervention level efforts that are based on national models and best practices to prevent and address the youth violence crisis occurring in the City of Aurora. Both intervention and prevention level strategies will be implemented through a multi-disciplinary approach to include community-based efforts such as youth engagement pop-up events to increase neighborhood protective factors. The grant period is from June 20,2021 to October 31, 2021. Learn more here.

If you have an upcoming community event that you'd like us to share, please email us.
COVID-19 Resources

For COVID-19 utilization management information, click here.

For COVID-19 pharmacy information, click here.

For COVID-19 administrative information, click here.

For COVID-19 training information, click here.

For COVID-19 practice support information, click here.


  • Free upcoming webinars:
    The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) is hosting a Summer Health Cabinet Summit on Thursday, August 19th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Click here for more information and to register.

    Join the 2021 Colorado Health Symposium on Thursday, August 5th and Friday, August 6th. This year’s theme is Reflect and Reinvent: COVID-19, Racial Justice and Health. The symposium is offered both virtually and in-person. Click here for more information and to register.

  • Smaller order sizes of the Pfizer vaccine are available: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is supporting smaller order sizes for COVID-19 enrolled providers who may not be able to expend an entire tray in one to two weeks. Click here for more information.

  • Help with vaccine storage: CDPHE and HCPF are partnering to reimburse practices and organizations $3,500 to $5,000 for approved, new pharmaceutical-grade refrigerators or freezers. Click here to learn more.

  • Delta variant cases increasing: The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the delta variant now accounts for 83% of COVID-19 cases in the United States. Click here to read more.

  • Where is the vaccine hesitancy coming from? Read more here from one of our health program specialists on our Perspectives blog.
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