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Regional Health Connectors Have an Exciting Opportunity to Address Behavioral Health Needs

Regional Health Connectors Have an Exciting Opportunity to Address Behavioral Health Needs

Healthcare and service providers are increasingly looking outside their clinics to improve the health of their patients’ communities. Regional Health Connectors (RHCs) are successfully developing and supporting these clinic-community linkages because they live and work in the regions they serve. RHCs are hosted in every region of Colorado to support practices, organizations and communities seeking to improve overall population health.

Senate Bill 137 included increased funding for the RHC program, providing capacity to address behavioral health needs in our communities. The RHCs have conducted a needs assessment and determined priorities for their regions:

Region 4 (El Paso and Teller Counties): priorities are ensuring access to safe and affirming behavioral health resources for LGBTQ+ youth and increasing resiliency among healthcare workers. If you would like to be included in these efforts, contact Susan Garrett susan@wearetheari.org

Region 16 (Boulder and Broomfield Counties): priorities are reducing the incidence of suicidality and suicidal despair among LGBTQ+ youth and young adults and increasing community awareness of and utilization of existing LGBTQ+-specific behavioral health resources. If you would like to be included in these efforts, contact February Hall february@wearetheari.org.

Region 17 (Clear Creek, Gilpin, and Park Counties): the additional funding allowed the creation of an RHC position for this region, and the hiring process is underway (details below). The new RHC will determine the priority project for this region.

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