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Bill Detail: SB21-181

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Title Equity Strategic Plan Address Health Disparities
Status Governor Signed (07/06/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Health Care & Health Insurance
House Sponsors L. Herod (D)
Y. Caraveo (D)
Senate Sponsors R. Fields (D)
D. Coram (R)
House Committee Public and Behavioral Health & Human Services
Senate Committee Health and Human Services
Date Introduced 03/10/2021
Summary

The bill renames the existing health disparities grant program to
the health disparities and community grant program (program) and
expands the program to authorize the office of health equity (office) to:
  • Award grants from money currently transferred from the
prevention, early detection, and treatment fund to the health
disparities grant program fund (fund) for the purpose of

positively affecting social determinants of health to reduce
the risk of future disease and exacerbating health
disparities in underrepresented populations; and
  • Award grants from any additional money appropriated by
the general assembly to the fund to community
organizations to reduce health disparities in
underrepresented communities through policy and systems
changes regarding the social determinants of health.
On or before January 1, 2022, and continuing every 2 years
thereafter, the office is required to issue a report concerning health
disparities in Colorado by race and ethnicity that includes an assessment
of the impact of social determinants of health on health disparities and
recommended strategies to begin to address such inequities with the
collaboration of the health equity commission and other stakeholders.
On or before July 1, 2022, the office is required to facilitate a state
agency work group to develop an equity strategic plan. Specific state
agencies are required to participate in the state agency work group to
ensure coordination in equity-related work across state agencies to
address social determinants of health in each agency's respective area.
The bill adds additional state agency executive directors to the
health equity commission.

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