The Dangers of Skipping Routine Vaccinations During COVID-19

Stanford Children’s Health: Happier, Healthy Lives Blog | Kate DeTrempe “Vaccine schedules are done this way for a reason. We are vaccinating children at the ages when they are most susceptible to these diseases, so if we wait, these children may actually wind up getting infected at a time when they are most vulnerable if…

The Social Safety Net: The Gaps That COVID-19 Spotlights

Brookings Institution: Up Front | Henry J. Aaron COVID-19 has revealed serious shortcomings of the current safety net to cope with the consequences of mass unemployment, a problem that until now most of us thought fiscal and monetary policies could forestall. COVID-19 shows that such confidence is baseless. Over the past couple of months, the…

How the Unique Collaboration of Colorado’s Health Systems Changed Covid-19 Care

Denver Business Journal | Jensen Werley “As we progressed collaboratively, we learned so much about how to care for patients…Collaborative learning through this group made a difference.” Between March 1 and May 31, seven health systems cared for a combined 4,903 COVID-19 patients—roughly 96% of statewide admissions. Jensen Werley of Denver Business Journal explores how,…

Pivoting, Jeffco Now Says Elementary Students Will Return to School Full Time in the Fall

Chalkbeat Colorado | Yesenia Robles “On top of public requests for greater in-person learning, the economic needs, the academic and social-emotional needs, coupled with all of that is this overarching equity consideration… We know we had lesser engagement from students in at-risk categories. That was a major concern.” Colorado’s Jefferson County, in response to concerns…

Last-Minute Bill for Nicotine Tax Vote Could Help Backfill Budget, Pay for Preschool

Chalkbeat Colorado | Ann Schimke “In addition to providing school and preschool funding, the nicotine tax would raise new money for tobacco education, health insurance for low-income residents, and cancer prevention.” State lawmakers spent the final days of the 2020 legislative session considering a bill that would put a new nicotine tax on the ballot…

Here’s Where Colorado’s Cuts May Hurt

Colorado Public Radio | Andrew Kenney “It’s not just that districts are facing budget cuts. They’re facing budget cuts at a time when they’re going to have to figure out greater needs than they’ve faced in a school year before.” State budget cuts resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic will be far-reaching, and the impact may…