A Regional Health Connector (RHC) is a resident of the community who works full-time to improve the coordination of systems that keep us healthy. RHCs build and strengthen networks for primary care, public health, human services, and community organizations to improve health.
Meet Our Regional Health Connectors
Park, Clear Creek, and Gilpin Counties
- Build a clinic in Clear Creek County and implement a health service district in Park County to ensure sustainable access to primary care and behavioral health for all Region 17 residents.
- Expand access and knowledge of mental health resources by engaging the community in Mental Health First Aid trainings.
- Establish two permanent medication disposal drop box sites and share Take Meds Seriously campaign material to educate the community about substance abuse.
El Paso and Teller Counties
- Increase coordination of healthy eating and active living resources for individuals, families, and communities dealing with obesity and food insecurity in El Paso and Teller Counties.
- Implement screening tools and education about opioids, alcohol, and other substances in primary care practices, government agencies, and community organizations.
- Formalize communication and partnerships to simplify access and referrals to behavioral health treatment and social determinants of health resources.
What is a Regional Health Connector?
- Regional Health Connectors (RHCs) improve health in Colorado by connecting the systems that keep us healthy - including primary care, public health, social services, and other community resources.
- RHCs are selected and hired by community-based health organizations throughout the state to work full-time on coordinating local and state resources.
What does a Regional Health Connector do?
- Connects primary care with community-based services.
- Works on projects focused on cardiovascular disease, behavioral health, and other community health needs and priorities.
- Partners with clinical quality improvement teams to help practices prepare for new models of care and reach their goals.
- Recommends reliable resources to improve health outcomes.
How do Regional Health Connectors work with you?
- Connects you with partners interested in reaching similar goals.
- Engages you in projects focused on improving health, in and outside the doctor’s office.
- Identifies innovative action steps for your practice or organization.