Work Groups and Task Forces

Work Groups and Task Forces

Aurora Health Access is lucky to be comprised of so many passionate and dedicated individuals and organizations. Thank you for all you do for Aurora and our larger Colorado community.  Click below to be taken directly to the task force or work group’s section.


Access to Specialty Care Task Force (ASC)

Description: Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, many more people have health coverage through public and private insurance. Unfortunately, this growth has exacerbated barriers to specialty care services. AHA has created a task force to work collaboratively to better understand the factors contributing to this problem, and to identify ways the situation can be improved in Aurora.

Participant List:

Library for Access to Specialty Care Work Group:

RubiconMD_Colorado Access Specialty Care FINAL 11.17  _ (PDF) Slides from the presentation on the EConsult Pilot Project presented by Dr. Nwando Olayiwola

Econsult_Benefits_Cheart (PDF)

Guidance for Implementation of Hospital Financial Assistance Requirements (8 pgs) SB 50 Guidance 051515_Final

“C.R.S 25-3-112 Hospital Financial Assistance Letter” by Dept. of Public Health and Environment (SB 50 Cover Letter_051515 1pg)

“2010 Colorado Safety Net Specialty Care Assessment: Final Report,” by Colorado Health Initiative, March 2011 (Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente.) (104-pg. .pdf)

“2010 Colorado Safety Net Specialty Care Assessment: Executive Summary,” by Colorado Health Initiative, March 2011 (Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente.)  (6-pg. .pdf)

Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) Dashboard Report, 7/13/2015.  (8-slide ppt.)

“AHA Preliminary Report of the Access to Specialty Care Task Force,” June, 2015.  (7-pg Word doc)

“Colorado Access Health Neighborhood Meeting for RCCOs 3 and 5.” March 19, 2015.  (19-page .pdf.)

“Mile High Health Alliance and Denver Health Stakeholder Meeting Report: Building a Specialty Care Referral Network in Denver — What Will it Take?” December 4, 2014. (7-page .pdf.)

“Understanding the Medicaid Specialist Access Gap,” Meredith Niess, M.D., M.P.H., Colorado Medical Society Specialist Survey Results, November 11, 2014.  (25-pg. .pdf)

Access to Care in Denver: Progress Report of the Denver Access to Care Task Force. August 28, 2013. (33-page .pdf.)

Colorado Safety Net Specialty Care Assessment Final report by Colorado Health Institute. March 11, 2010.  (104-page .pdf.)

Health Care Policy & Financing:  SB15-228 Rate Review Schedule; Wilson D. Pace, MD Review Panel Member; Slides from HCPF – Comments and Views Solely Those of Dr. Pace. (Presented at the AHA Access to Specialty Care meeting 1/07/2016.) (15 .ppt slides)

Mile High Health Alliance Annual Report, 12/2015. (2-page .pdf.)

Aurora Smiles: A Team

Description: AHA is assembling a team of professionals to provide oral health screening services to underserved groups in Aurora. So far, the Aurora Smiles Team members include the UC School of Dental Medicine, Metro Community Provider Network, Adventure Dental, Spring Rock Dental, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Tri-County Health Department, and DentaQuest.

Earlier this year, in February, during National Children’s Oral Health Day, the A Smiles Team, working with community organizations provided free screenings and fluoride sealants to underserved children. The Team decided to expand the program beyond February, and beyond children, to offer dental screenings, education, and information to any age group. Joan Eskens with Tri-County Health Department, a member of the Team recently provided oral cancer screenings to residents at Heather Gardens. In addition to screenings, A Team members will also provide information about finding an affordable “oral health home” in Aurora.

Library for Aurora Smiles:


Coverage Work Group

Description: During open enrollment periods, this group supports the efforts of other organizations in Aurora to expand health insurance coverage, and works to expand enrollment in Medicaid and CHP+ year round. They are currently compiling a list of resources for some of Aurora’s most vulnerable: undocumented people.

Participant List:

Library for Coverage Work Group:

 Emergency Medical Assistance for Non-Citizens/Undocumented Population: Emergency Medicaid documentation from Antonia Sep 6 2017

“Healthy Communities”: A Guide to Resources from Tri-County Health Department. (4-pg. .pdf)

SB 50 Hospital Financial Assistance Standards Committee Recommendation, Nov. 2014. (5-pg. .pdf)

Certification of the Presence of a Medical Emergency Condition. (1 pg. .pdf)

Infographic:  Urgent Care Clinics and Fress-Standing Emergency Rooms: Know Where To Go; Know Before You Go; Aurora Locations.” (2-pg .pdf.)

“Immigrants and the ACA,” by Colorado Covering Kids and Families, explains immigration eligibility rules for public and private health insurance coverage in Colorado. It does not discuss income eligibility rules. To learn more about the income eligibility rules visit .pdf)

“Private Insurance Options for Undocumented People,” by AHA Coverage Work Group, August, 2015; revised October, 2015.Download 7-pg .pdf.

“Assessment:  Availability of Health Insurance for Undocumented Immigrants.” May, 2015.  (1-pg .pdf.)

“Your Bottom Line:  What the Affordable Care Act Means for Your Colorado Small Business.”  October, 22, 2014.  (42-page .pdf)

A news piece that provides information on the difference between Urgent Care facilities and frestanding ERs (Feb. 5, 2015).

“Colorado State: Snapshot of Uninsured,” by Enroll America, October 2015. (2-pg. .pdf)

“Colorado Counties: Uninsured by Major Demographic Groups,” by Enroll America, October 2015. (2-pg. .pdf)

“Communicators Guide for 2015-2016,” by Enroll America. (12-pg. .pdf)

“Top Five Messages for Moving consumers from Awareness to Action,” by Enroll America. (1-pg Word doc)


Kids Work Group

Description: This group addresses access to care issues for Aurora’s children (and families, of course). Currently, they are focusing on transportation barriers to those with Medicaid coverage and expanding “medical homes.” This group has been meeting on the first Monday of the month.

2017 Aurora Kids Health Convening!

Session Content:

Participant List: ParticipantList_KC2017_web (PDF)

Participant List:

Library for Kids Work Group:

2017 Make your Voice Heard: Healthier Kids through Public Policy (February 2017): 

Make Your Voice Heard

2017 Child Health Advocacy Legislative Preview (February 2017): 

2017 Legislative Preview_vF

2017 Speak Up for Kids Flyer (February 2017): 

2017 Speak Up Flyer FINAL

5 Key Questions about Medicaid Block Grants & Per Capita Caps (February 2017): 


North Aurora Immigrant and Refugee Demographic Profile (October 2015): This demographic profile was created by the Piton Foundation for Aurora Health Access’s Immigrant and Refugee Children’s Health Task force, a subgroup of AHA’s Pediatric Access Work Group. The aim was to fill a gap in immigrant/refugee demographic data for the 80010, 80011, 80012, 80017 zip codes in North Aurora in order to better understand the community and address relevant issues.

North Aurora Immigrant & Refugee Demographic Profile

Kid’s Convening Phase II:

Kids’ Convening Phase II Meeting Notes, 7-15-2015

Kid’s Convening — Seven Priorities:  During Phase I of the Kids’ Convening, participants suggested seven children’s health issues that Aurora Health Access and the Aurora community might address.  These issues had to be attainable, collaborative in nature, measurable within a two-year period, and “small enough to win, but big enough to matter.”  These issues are summarized in the following seven “Information and Discussion Guides.”

Health Literacy
Social Determinants of Health & Health Equity
Medical Home Availability & Usage
Expansion & Coordination of CHWs and Navigators
Integration of Physical & Behavioral Healthcare Services
Preconception, Prenatal, & Postpartum Care
Refugee & Immigrant Access to Care

AHA Pediatric Work Group Issue Paper, July 2015.  “Issue:  Non-Emergent MedicalTtransportion as a Barrier to Care.” (2-pg .pdf)

“Recommendations to the PIAC from the Provider and Community Issues Subcommittee: Non-emergent Medical Transportation.”  Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing.  June 12, 2015.  (2-pg .pdf.)

“Healthcare Disparities/Opportunities in Old Aurora,” by James K. Todd, MD, and Carl Armon, PhD, Children’s Hospital Colorado.  Presented at AHA Kid’s Convening, May 2015.  (9-pg .pdf.)

“Aurora’s Youngest: A 0-5 Profile,” by Jennifer Newcomer, Director of Research, The Data Initiative, The Piton Foundation.  Presented at AHA Kid’s Convening, May 2015.  (18-pg .pdf.)

Health Report Card:  How Healthy Are Colorado’s Kids?  Kyle Legleiter, Senior Policy Officer, Colorado Health Foundation.  Presented at AHA Kid’s Convening, May 2015. (25-pg .pdf.)

Tri-County Health Department, “Assessment of the Health Needs of Refugees in the Tri-County Region,” December 2015. (20 pg. .pdf)


 Senior Circle

Looking for content from the 2017 Senior Forum? Click here.

Description: The participants of this dynamic group share information about the needs of Aurora’s seniors and the resources available to meet those needs. The Circle meets monthly.

Participant List:

Library for Senior Circle Work Group:

Nowhere to Go Meeting Materials (March 14, 2018)

2040 Health Summit presentation: Senior Mental Health, PDF (2040 health summit presentation Williams

Flyer for The Senior Hub’s PetVet Fund, PDF (2018 PetVet Fund)

2017 AHA Senior Oral Health Guide (Oral Health Guide 2017 PDF)

AHA 2nd Annual Senior Forum, June 2016

AHA Resource Guide prepared for the Senior Forum, June 2016. (27-pg. ppt.)

“Aging in Aurora, ” by the State Demography Office, Colorado Department of Local Affairs, 2016. (36-pg. .ppt)

“Aurora’s Seniors — Key Demographics,” an infographic developed by the City of Aurora Planning Office for the AHA 2016 Senior Forum. (1-pg. .pdf)

“Avoiding Scams and Fraud,” by Barbara Martin-Worley, Director, Consumer Fraud Protection, 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. (17-pg. ppt.)

“Being Smart about Your Medicines:  What you need to know to make sure your medicines are helping not hurting, ” by Sunny Linnebur, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, CGP, Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Clinical Pharmacist, UCH Seniors Clinic. (20-pg. ppt.)

“Reporting Mistreatment and Self-Neglect of At-Risk Adults,” by Julie Preston Schilling, Director, Arapahoe County Department of Human Services. (39-pg. ppt.)

“Senior Hunger in Colorado: An Aging Population, A Growing Need,” by Maryann McLendon, Food Assistance Program Coorindator, Hunger Free Colorao. (20-pg. ppt.)


“Patient Dumping: The Cobra That Never Struck,” by Henna K. Pithia. Review of Law and Social Justice, Vol. 24:1, p. 109. 37-pg. .pdf

“Granny Dumping: The Hospital’s Duty of Care to Patients Who Have Nowhere to Go,” by  Jane Reister Conard, Yale Law & Policy Review, Vol. 10, No. 2, America’s Health Care: Which Road to Reform? (1992), pp. 463-487. 26-pg. .pdf

“The Elderly and Health Care Rationing,” by George P. Smith, II. Pierce Law Review, Vol. 7, No. 2, p. 171.  13-pg. .pdf

“Moses V. Providence Hospital:  The Sixth Circuit Dumps the Federal Regulations of the Patient Anti-Dumping Statute,” by Adam Malizio. The Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy, Vol. XXVII, p.213. 35-pg. .pdf

“Colorado Aging Framework:  A Guide for Policymakers, Providers, and Others for Aging Well in Colorado,” 2015, by Colorado Department of Human Services and Colorado Commission on Aging. Click here for link to 58-page .pdf.

Side-by-Side Comparison:  Aurora Commission on Seniors and AHA Senior Circle. (1 pg. .pdf)

“2015 Healthy Aging Plan” by Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).  (19-pg .pdf)

“Baby Boomers and 65+: The Impact of the Demographic Shift” May 2015,  by Bob Semro, Policy Analyst, The Bell Policy center.  Click here to download 54-slide PowerPoint presentation.

AHA Community Quilt (Visual representation of recommendations from community members regarding senior needs in Aurora, Senior Forum 2015). (1 pg. .pdf)

AHA Community Quilt (Numeric representation of recommendations from community members regarding senior needs in Aurora, Senior Forum 2015).  (2-pg. .pdf)

Participant List, Senior Forum 2015.  (3-pg. .xlxs)

Evaluation, Senior Forum 2015. (3 pg. .pdf)

Online Resources


Social Determinants of Health Task Force

Description: So much of what makes us healthy has to do with where we live, learn, work, and play. If you would like to join AHA in learning about and addressing factors that affect health outside of the doctor’s office, help us explore issues like housing, transportation, poverty, and more so we can find the small part AHA and all of our organizations can play in addressing them.

Participant List:

Library for Social Determinants of Health Task Force:

  • 2017 Arapahoe Public Schools Summer Free Meals Program: (PDF)
  • 2014 Colorado Cost of Childcare Report: (PDF)

Food Insecurity

Healthy Housing

  • Group Purposes Diagram (PDF)
  • Colfax Community Network Needs Assessment (PDF)
  • Public Accommodation Regulations (PDF)
  • City of Aurora Health and Housing Code (Online Document)
  • Bed Bugs and Mold Information (PDF)
  • City of Aurora: Hotel/Motel Systematic Inspections Program (PDF)

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