The Top Ten

Since 2011, Colorado HealthStory has recorded more than 240 stories. We’ve visited and heard from storytellers in 29 counties. Our team has traveled more than 3,000 miles. We’ve interacted with eight distinct communities. And we’ve touched thousands of lives. And while every story is and experience is unique, we’ve come to realize that the broad themes are the same. We’ve reflected on these broad themes and identified a Top Ten–the ten most pressing issues and conversations in health care today, as identified by everyday Coloradans.

» Community Profile – Statewide


Coverage & Access1 – Health Care Coverage and Access to Care

Achieving statewide coverage is a complex, expensive, and elusive goal; even for Coloradans with health insurance though, access to care is limited.


Navigating the Health Care System2 – Navigating the Health Care System

The barriers to care many patients face can be difficult to overcome and often lead to a frustrated patient wondering if the care they receive is worth the headache.


Education & Prevention3 – Educational and Preventive Health Measures

Health education and promotion, prevention, and early intervention can sustain healthier longer lives.


Health & Wellness4 – Health and Wellness

Despite Colorado’s reputation for healthy lifestyles, we are not exempt from the obesity epidemic.


Complex Health Conditions5 – Complex Health Conditions

In Colorado and across the United States, complex health conditions are some of the biggest threats to health and wellness.


Behavioral Health6 – Behavioral Health

An estimated one in five Coloradans will need treatment for mental health at some point in their lifetime–more than 1,000,000 people.


Oral Health7 – Oral Health

Oral disease, although nearly 100% preventable, affects children, adults, and families across the state of Colorado every day.


Patient & Provider Relationships8 – Patient and Provider Relationships

Many Colorado residents expressed how a personal relationship with their provider was important to receiving quality care.


Engaged Patients9 – Being an Engaged Patient

Across Colorado, patients advocate for their own needs, know their own bodies, and don’t accept that something couldn’t be done to improve their health.


Health Disparities10 – Health Disparities

With racial and ethnic minorities making up approximately 42% of Colorado’s uninsured residents, we as a state must pay careful attention to health disparities.

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