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 conduct an assessment and publish a report concerning health disparities and inequities in Colorado by race and ethnicity that includes an assessment of the impact of social determinants of health on health disparities and inequities 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 Within 6 months after the publication of the office's first report, the governor is required to convene the health equity commission to develop an equity strategic plan and to ensure that there is coordination in equity-related work across state agencies to address the social determinants of health . Specific Additional state agencies are added to and required to participate in the state agency work group on the commission 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.
The bill appropriates $4,841,205 from the general fund and $51,783 from the health disparities grant program fund to implement the bill.
(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)