Western Slope counties among grant recipients

Nine Colorado counties — most of them on the Western Slope — will receive grants from the Colorado Children’s Campaign to help improve health access in those areas.

The nonprofit children’s research and advocacy group, with support from The Colorado Trust, will award a total or more than $13,000 to the nine grant recipients. All recipient communities are part of the campaign’s “It’s About Kids” network, which is a statewide, volunteer network of 2,400 Coloradans who advocate for children’s health and well-being in their communities.

The grants will be used to spread information about children’s health issues and to strengthen relationships between health care providers, child health advocates and policy-makers. The recipient communities and the efforts they will spend the grant money to accomplish are:

■ Mesa County, to support local participation in the Family Leadership Training Institute, which trains people to become effective leaders dedicated to improving their communities.

■ Garfield County, to develop and distribute an “It’s About Kids” brochure to promote the network and to support bringing local health, education and early childhood development advocates to the Capitol to improve their advocacy skills.

■ Eagle County, to support local participation in the Family Leadership Training Institute.

■ Pitkin County, to develop and distribute a brochure highlighting “Kids Count” data specific to the county and to bring several community members to the Capitol to improve their advocacy skills.

■ San Luis Valley, to develop and distribute an “It’s About Kids” brochure aimed at recruiting more members and to host three events focused on children and healthy development.

■ Dolores County, to develop a restaurant table tent that promotes good nutrition and access to health services and to conduct three community advocacy trainings and a family night to promote community services.

■ Montezuma County, to conduct three community advocacy trainings and a family night to promote community services and to develop a restaurant table tent that promotes good nutrition and access to health services.

■ La Plata County, to enhance the network’s capacity in that area and to strengthen community relationships to engage the public and policy-makers on children’s issues through website improvements.

■ Pueblo County, to continue efforts to identify uninsured and under-insured families through child care referral calls and to help those families enroll in a health insurance program.

The grant recipients announced Friday were selected in the second round of “It’s About Kids” awards. More than $16,000 were awarded in the first round in January to nine communities and organizations, including Mesa County and the Roaring Fork Valley. That money is being used to sponsor local advocates so they could participate in an advocacy event at the state capitol and to host community awareness breakfasts, among other items.


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