Health Policy and Public Health2019-11-15T12:50:12-07:00

Health Policy and Public Health

Keystone Policy Center works with diverse stakeholders to ensure equitable outcomes by identifying and working toward action-oriented solutions to confront health challenges. Keystone has a proven track record of working with consumers, policymakers, practitioners, communities, businesses, payers, and agencies to address substance use disorders and mental health needs, plan for an aging population, get better value out of our health systems, and prevent chronic and communicable diseases.

Throughout Keystone’s history, its team has developed collaborative processes to confront complex national, state and local health policy issues. In each case, Keystone has leveraged its expertise and maintained its commitment to working with a broad array of stakeholders to develop collaborative solutions to tough policy challenges.

Featured Projects

Developing an Integrated Health Care Model

The Keystone Policy Center began working with the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council starting in 2015 and four Community Mental Health Centers who were participating in a Bi-Directional Integration Demonstration and Practice-Based Research Pilot Program. Through this program, the CMHCs piloted models of bi-directional integrated care by integrating primary care and prevention services into the community behavioral health setting. The successes, challenges, and lessons learned from this pilot program will inform the future of comprehensive integrated care in the CMHC settings across the state. Click here to learn more.

Transition Planning for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Keystone worked with the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, the Colorado Department of Education, and a legislatively created task force to address youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) transitioning from services in the educational setting to receiving services through Medicaid and the Division of Vocational Rehab. The task force submitted its findings and recommendations to improve transitions for youth and their families to the Health and Human Services Committee of the Colorado Senate, the Public Health and Human Services Committee of the Colorado House of Representatives, and the Colorado Joint Budget Committee in January 2019.

Zika Planning & Engagement
in Los Angeles County

Keystone is partnering with Los Angeles County to host a series of community workshops to examine strategies to inform local responses to the Zika virus and other vector borne illnesses. Keystone’s work — which builds on extensive work developing collaborative strategies to confront public health challenges and building public engagement — will inform Los Angeles County’s strategy, investment, and communications for vector control, public health, and preparedness.

Substance Abuse Assessment

Keystone partnered with the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council and substance abuse providers to conduct a statewide needs assessment related to Colorado’s substance abuse disorder services. Keystone conducted research and interviewed key stakeholders to determine what funded substance abuse disorder services were supported in Colorado; the challenges involved in providing those services; and the barriers people encounter to accessing them. Keystone’s work resulted in recommendations to inform public policy strategies to strengthen Colorado’s efforts to address substance abuse in the state.

Colorado Commission on Affordable Health Care

Faced with the challenges growing health care costs pose to families and Colorado, state lawmakers created the Colorado Commission on Affordable Health Care to comprehensively study the major and fundamental drivers of health care costs and make recommendation to ensure all Coloradans can access affordable and high-quality health care. The Keystone Policy Center staffed the commission to provide programmatic and administrative support, which includes but is not limited to organizing and facilitating statewide meetings, web development, fundraising, communications, and report development. The commission, which also explored possible solutions, delivered regular reports to state policymakers on its findings, culminating with a final report to the Colorado General Assembly and Governor’s Office in late 2017.

Recreational Marijuana Implementation

Following Colorado’s decision in 2012 to legalize recreation marijuana, Centennial State policymakers wanted to gather information about the state’s progress implementing Amendment 64 as well as the policy ramifications. The Keystone Policy Center and Rebound Solutions worked with the Governor’s Office and other key stakeholders to study Colorado’s regulatory framework and to assess metrics in public safety, health, human services, revenue, and other areas affected by marijuana legalization.

The Keystone Policy Center’s work, which surveyed a complex and diverse set of stakeholders, yielded a high-level roadmap for state and local leaders to confront the effects of marijuana legalization. The Keystone Policy’s Center research offer insights not only into Colorado’s work implementing marijuana legalization, but also into the challenges and opportunities other states considering similar policy decisions could face.