The bill renames the existing "health disparities grant program" to the "health disparities and community grant program" (program) and expands the program to authorize the office of health equity (office) to:
- Award grants from money currently transferred from the prevention, early detection, and treatment fund to the health disparities grant program fund (fund) for the purpose of positively affecting social determinants of health to reduce the risk of future disease and exacerbating health disparities in underrepresented populations; and
- Award grants from any additional money appropriated by the general assembly to the fund to community organizations to reduce health disparities in underrepresented communities through policy and systems changes regarding the social determinants of health.
On or before January 1, 2022, and continuing every 2 years thereafter, the office is required to issue a report concerning health disparities in Colorado by race and ethnicity that includes an assessment of the impact of social determinants of health on health disparities and recommended strategies to begin to address such inequities with the collaboration of the health equity commission and other stakeholders.
On or before July 1, 2022, the office is required to facilitate a state agency work group to develop an equity strategic plan. Specific state agencies are required to participate in the state agency work group to ensure coordination in equity-related work across state agencies to address social determinants of health in each agency's respective area.
The bill adds additional state agency executive directors to the health equity commission.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)