Disparities cast shadow on Colorado’s Health Report Card grades


By Jaclyn Lensen
Special to The SUN

The 2015 Colorado Health Report Card reveals high grades for the health of Coloradans over 18 when compared to other states, but shows a significant need for improvement when it comes to the mental and physical health of Colorado’s children. Moreover, the Health Report Card’s data shines a light on disparities in the physical and mental health of Coloradans across race, ethnic and economic status.

The Colorado Health Foundation, in partnership with the Colorado Health Institute, released the ninth annual Health Report Card at a presentation for legislators and policymakers at the state Capitol, signaling the start of a series of in-depth reports to be released throughout 2015. The Health Report Card ranks Colorado with other states among 38 health indicators that span five life stages. This year’s Health Report Card also features “deep dive” workbooks focused on specific health indicators.

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