Health and Wellness Initiative

Elected Officials

Government impacts your health at all levels.  The federal government administers Medicare, while the state government administers Medicaid in conjunction with the federal government, and has some authority over insurance companies. Local municipal governments manage the built environments through zoning thereby determining what gets put in your locale.  People are generally healthier if they live in safe, walkable neighborhoods with access to affordable healthy foods. This is why The Stapleton Foundation’s be well initiative has staff dedicated to educating the community about health and wellness issues from health insurance to public health policy to active living and healthy eating.

Make sure your elected representative knows what you want for a healthy life and community. Let’s shift these numbers together!

​Policy Updates


In addition to these statistics, it’s important to know changes in policies that impact healthy living in our be well zones.  Here are a few important policy-focused items that occurred in 2015:

Mayor Michael Hancock and Councilwoman Stacie Gilmore welcome Northeast Denver community members to hear a keynote address by economist Dr. Jared Bernstein and to participate in breakout sessions.

About 10% of Americans view themselves as unhealthy, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Despite national initiatives in improving health, this remains an issue in communities.  A person’s access to healthcare is largely determined by their level of income and education and is strongly associated with age, geographic location and ethnicity. About 31% of African Americans reported being in excellent or good health, and for Caucasian Americans the number was 37%.

State

Law passed expanding the practicing authority of certified nurses aids (CNAs
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Local

City and County of Denver and the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless collaborate to provide rental assistance for the chronically and episodically homeless

 

Getting In The Zone with our Partners!

Federal

In a 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court did not vote in favor of a lawsuit which could have invalidated health care subsidies for millions of Americans, preserving the intent of the Affordable Care Act