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New Report: Culturally Responsive Care in Colorado

Published On March 28, 2024

What People Want and How to Address a “One-Size-Fits-All” Health Care System

Our new report, Culturally Responsive Care in Colorado: What People Want and How to Address a “One-Size-Fits-All” Health Care System, captures Coloradans’ perspectives on finding and accessing culturally responsive health care and offers a series of policy recommendations to further advance access to culturally responsive care. The report provides helpful insight for policymakers in other states developing new approaches and policies focused on advancing health equity. 

This report came out of work United States of Care has been involved in with partners in Colorado, where we supported legislation and implementation of a public option, which includes requirements for the development of first-of-its-kind “culturally responsive provider networks.” Now roughly two years into the “Colorado Option” being implemented, we sought to better understand the unique health care needs of Coloradans and how improved access to culturally responsive care can better serve what they want and need from the health care system. Through a series of key informant interviews, in-depth interviews, and community conversations with people, providers, and other stakeholders over the course of 6 months, we captured their collective views on finding and accessing culturally responsive care. These perspectives built the foundation for subsequent policy recommendations captured in the report, and we hope the recommendations and findings will be instructive for policymakers in and outside of Colorado.