Health Policy and Public Health2019-08-09T09:06:20-06:00

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.

Enhancing Healthcare Infection Control Assessment and Outbreak Response

Following the recent Ebola outbreak and the needs it highlighted for more robust infection control assessment and response plans, the Keystone Policy Center is partnering with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to convene a national effort to identify best practices and valuable implementation steps. Through a combination of site visits in select states and extensive regional meetings involving cross-sector teams from states and other participating jurisdictions, Keystone is designing and facilitating a dialogue focused on determining strategies for optimizing the capacities of public health agencies in responding to infectious disease incidents. The discussions will culminate in a report providing guidance at the national, regional and state levels, as well as state-specific action plans.

Emergency Preparedness

From disease outbreaks to terrorism-related health disasters, the Keystone Policy Center has extensive experience working with local, state, and national health stakeholders to identify community needs and develop appropriate responses. Throughout these collaborative stakeholder processes, Keystone has convened issue-area experts, health practitioners, public health officials, and key community members to develop recommendations and best practiced for implementation.

The Keystone Policy Center’s work also has involved partnering with national organizations and agencies — including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials — to develop better strategies for pandemic response, including vaccination prioritization and community control measures. Keystone also has designed and facilitated pandemic-planning efforts at the local, state and regional levels.

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 is staffing 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 Colorado Commission on Affordable Health Care held its first meeting on October 2014 and has been hard at work ever since studying the challenges ballooning health care costs could pose to hardworking families and the state itself. The commission, which also is exploring possible solutions, will deliver 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.

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.

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.