Health

Report highlights ‘tree equity’ gaps in Colorado neighborhoods

BY: - August 4, 2021

How much of the open space, sidewalks and other land in your neighborhood is shaded by trees? It depends on where you live — and, environmental advocates say, on decades of inequities that break down along class and racial lines. Only about 3% of Sun Valley, a west Denver neighborhood where 94% of residents live […]

Vaccination rates in Colorado prisons remain low as COVID-19 cases spike across the state

BY: - August 3, 2021

COVID-19 vaccination rates remain low in Colorado’s state prisons as the delta variant drives a spike in cases across the state, largely among unvaccinated people. From July 26 through Aug. 1, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recorded an average of 798 new cases of COVID-19 per day, the highest seven-day average since […]

Every week for a year, this group has provided water and trash services to Denver’s unhoused

BY: - August 2, 2021

Almost every Sunday for the past year, a small group of volunteers has gathered at 10 a.m. at Benedict Fountain Park in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood equipped with shovels, plastic bags, latex gloves and an intricate homemade water system. From there, the group disperses throughout the city in search of homeless encampments, where they offer […]

Tracking Front Range ozone pollution as summer smog worsens

BY: - August 2, 2021

It’s been another smoggy summer along Colorado’s Front Range, with ozone pollution in and around the Denver metro area spiking to its worst level in more than a decade. Air quality advisories issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment have been a near-daily occurrence since the start of June. At ground level, […]

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It is time to hold Big Insurance accountable

BY: - August 2, 2021

The past year has shown the deep flaws within the American health care system. Despite the pandemic, many Americans have still had to suffer through merciless health care policies that left many in inescapable medical debt and having to decide if getting treatment was worth the inevitable bill. Furthermore, communities of color are unevenly harmed […]

How a doctor breaks norms to treat refugees and recent immigrants

BY: - July 29, 2021

“How a doctor breaks norms to treat refugees and recent immigrants” first appeared at khn.org. AURORA — Fatumo Osman, a 65-year-old Somali refugee who speaks limited English, was in a bind. She made too much money at a meal prep service job so she no longer qualified for Medicaid. But knee pain kept her from […]

U.S. House to vote this week on expanding PFAS regulation, backers say

BY: - July 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress and Biden administration officials at a conference on Wednesday outlined how they’re attempting to regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water — including an upcoming vote in the U.S. House. EPA Administrator Michael Regan, a former top environmental official in North Carolina, said the agency is currently in the process […]

Key to disrupting Denver’s homeless-to-jail pipeline? Permanent supportive housing, study finds.

BY: - July 16, 2021

The city of Denver embarked on a five-year experiment in 2016 to see if it could disrupt the city’s robust homeless-to-jail pipeline by providing permanent supportive housing, which couples housing with services such as substance use and mental health treatment.  The results? A “remarkably successful initiative,” said Mary Cunningham, vice president of the Metropolitan Housing […]

Largest jump in Colorado overdose deaths in more than 20 years, data show

BY: - July 15, 2021

Fatal drug overdose deaths increased approximately 38% in Colorado from 2019 to 2020, according to preliminary federal data from the National Vital Statistics System. That’s the largest year-over-year increase in Colorado overdose deaths since at least 2000, and is worse than the U.S. average. The nation as a whole experienced a 29% increase in overdose […]

How the new, expanded federal child tax credit will work

BY: - July 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — The most ambitious part of the pandemic stimulus package signed by President Joe Biden earlier this year is about to hit the bank accounts of millions of U.S. parents. Starting this week and ending in December, the vast majority of U.S. households with children will begin receiving monthly payments as a result of […]

New Colorado law tackles insulin prices

BY: - July 10, 2021

People with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes need prescription insulin to regulate their blood sugar levels. Without access to the medication, diabetes can prove fatal. But rising costs of insulin make the life-saving medication difficult or impossible to obtain for many people, even those with public or private health insurance. Colorado lawmakers, who’ve worked […]

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Colorado would receive $50 million in proposed settlement with Purdue Pharma, Sackler family

BY: - July 8, 2021

Under the terms of a multibillion-dollar proposed settlement with multiple states, pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma and the family that owns it would pay Colorado $50 million to combat the opioid crisis. Former Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, a Republican, first sued Purdue Pharma in 2018 over allegations the company employed deceptive marketing practices to sell […]