Colorado Health Network, Inc. dba Colorado AIDS Project

aka Colorado AIDS Project; Denver Colorado AIDS Project; Northern Colorado AIDS Project; Southern Colorado AIDS Project; Western Colorado AIDS Project; Howard Dental Center   |   Denver, CO   |  www.coloradohealthnetwork.org

Mission

The mission of Colorado Health Network (CHN) is to equitably meet the evolving needs of people affected by HIV and other health conditions through prevention, care and advocacy.

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In 2011 the Colorado Health Network (CHN) expanded with the merger of the Denver Colorado
AIDS Project, Northern Colorado AIDS Project, Southern Colorado AIDS Project and Western Colorado AIDS Project. The merger created one large, statewide organization providing an array of services including food bank, emergency financial and transportation assistance, housing resources, case management, behavioral health counseling, health insurance enrollment assistance, prevention programs and public policy/advocacy. In 2014, Howard Dental Center was brought back into the CHN umbrella after spinning out of CHN twenty-one years ago. This expanded the list of services CHN provides to include oral health care. The purpose of the CHN mergers was to forge efficiencies, improve services and leverage funding so that CHN will have a greater and more sustainable impact. Built on more than 30 years of individualized service to those impacted by HIV/AIDS, CHN's work is informed by a deep understanding of the disease and compassion for the needs of its clients, whether medical, social or emotional.

CHN is poised for the next phase of growth – securing a new home and consolidating our Denver-based services, including our food bank and oral health care, under one roof. Through our Compassionate Connections Campaign we envision a single location where people affected by HIV and other disease can experience: 1) Mind & Body – behavioral, oral health care and medical services; 2) Services & Shelter – emergency financial assistance and housing resources; and 3) Cupboard & Community – food bank and other drop-in services essential to wellbeing.

Ruling year info

1985

Principal Officer

Mr. Darrell Vigil

Chief Programs Officer

Robert George

Main address

6260 East Colfax Avenue

Denver, CO 80220 USA

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EIN

84-0961159

NTEE code info

AIDS (G81)

Health Support Services (E60)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

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Our programs

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Early Intervention / Prevention Services

Public education regarding HIV and other disease infection; community outreach; free and confidential HIV, HCV and STI testing and counseling; sexual health education; and syringe access. Last year the Colorado Health Network conducted over 3,700 HIV tests, 700 HCV tests, and 2,800 sexually transmitted infection (STI) tests statewide. Our Syringe Access Programs provided clean, sterile needles to more than 2,300 unduplicated injection drug users (IDUs).

Population(s) Served

Assessment of the needs of HIV positive clients; provision of information and referrals to empower clients in meeting their needs; assistance connecting to the health care system and adherence to medication. Last year we provided case management services to more than 4,100 HIV positive individuals statewide.

Population(s) Served

Comprehensive and integrated oral health care services to adults, youth and children living with HIV/AIDS. Last year Howard Dental Center provided oral health care services to 997 HIV positive patients and performed over 11,500 dental procedures.

Population(s) Served

Connect clients to Medicaid and Medicare A, B and D as well as insurance options/subsidies available through Connect for Health Colorado. Last year the Colorado Health Network helped more than 1,000 individuals connect to health insurance coverage statewide.

Population(s) Served

Mental health and substance abuse counseling; support groups; and individual, couples and family services for individuals living with or at significant risk of HIV and other disease. Last year we provided behavioral health services to more than 250 clients statewide.

Population(s) Served

Subsidized housing; residential housing for homeless HIV positive individuals; and affordable housing referrals and advocacy. Last year we provided permanent supportive housing for over 250 clients and provided housing subsidies to over 1,000 clients statewide.

Population(s) Served

Utility assistance; medical bills and co-pays; rent and mortgage assistance; and transportation assistance. Last year we provided emergency financial assistance to more than 700 clients and transportation assistance to more than 1,100 clients.

Population(s) Served

Regional food banks are designed to meet the specific nutritional needs of people living with HIV/AIDS; and support and educate clients on nutritional needs associated with HIV/AIDS. Last year our food banks served more than 1,300 low income HIV positive individuals and their families, providing over 96,000 meals.

Population(s) Served

Advocacy for state and federal legislation pertaining to HIV and healthcare issues, programs and funding; coalition building with related health care advocacy groups; and Get-Out-the-Vote and Voter Registration Campaigns.

Population(s) Served

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Goals & Strategy

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The mission of the Colorado Health Network is to equitably meet the evolving needs of people affected by HIV through prevention, care and advocacy across Colorado. To fulfill this mission, the Colorado Health Network provides programs and services designed to:

• Empower people living with HIV/AIDS to overcome personal barriers, such as mental illness, substance abuse, homelessness and poverty, and to make healthy lifestyle choices.

• Prevent HIV and HCV infections by providing information and resources regarding risks and transmission, with an emphasis toward reaching the most at risk populations – young adults under the age of 30, men who have sex with men and communities of color.

• Increase public awareness of HIV/AIDS, HCV and other chronic health conditions and advocate for social and health care equity through social media and other public relations and marketing efforts.

Last year the Colorado Health Network provided services to more than 4,100 people living with HIV and other disease and reached more than 7,100 people at significant risk of HIV and other disease through our prevention programs. Services are provided through four regional offices: 1) Northern Colorado AIDS Project has offices in Fort Collins and Greeley and serves northern Colorado; 2) Western Colorado AIDS Project has an office in Grand Junction and serves western Colorado; 3) Southern Colorado AIDS Project has offices in Colorado Springs and Pueblo and serves southern Colorado; and 4) Denver Colorado AIDS Project serves the Denver metro area. Howard Dental Center is based in Denver but has also enabled us to expand oral health care services offered in other regions of the state.

Financials

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Colorado Health Network, Inc. dba Colorado AIDS Project

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2019
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Board co-chair

Mr. Bill Mead

Wells Fargo, Senior Advisors

Term: 2014 - 2016


Board co-chair

Mr. Jeff Thormodsgaard

Mendez Consulting

Term: 2014 - 2016

Rich Corbetta

Dufford & Brown, P.C.

Nina Corson

Leprino Foods Company

Dan Reirdan

The Children's Hospital

Stephen Harman

Hewlett Packard

Christopher Wright

Front Range ENT

Elizabeth Akalin

Philanthropy Ventures, LLC

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes