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On Edge: Heightened anxiety, depression are testing Colorado’s already-frayed safety nets

On Denver’s west side, an elderly man had been managing his solitude just fine until the pandemic hit, taking with it what social life he had and leaving in its place a loneliness he had not felt for years. Not far from his house, a young woman fights panic attacks after COVID-19 killed her grandfather […]

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Coronavirus moved some substance treatment services online in Colorado — possibly permanently

Kara Bonham was already struggling with alcohol consumption, depression and anxiety when the pandemic forced her life into overdrive. She had a high-stress job as a first responder in Fort Collins. On top of that, her older sister, who also struggles with alcohol, had recently been diagnosed with end-stage liver failure. As Bonham saw it, […]

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Opinion: Blame our system for our COVID failures, not public health workers

The going is getting tough when it comes to Colorado’s response to COVID-19. Pandemic politics have come into sharp relief recently as school districts delayed in-person openings and Gov. Jared Polis admonished county leaders to do more to curb the spread of the virus. Local press, including Colorado Public Radio’s investigation into the early steps […]

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Coronavirus will add 500,000 people to Colorado’s Medicaid rolls — with major consequences for the health care system

For years, lawmakers in Colorado have talked about fundamentally changing the state’s health care system. They’ve talked about creating more competition in the insurance industry or providing subsidies to make coverage more affordable. They’ve talked about tackling hospital prices and trimming profits. And, now, after all that groundwork, the coronavirus pandemic has come along and […]

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How an emergency food network grew out of the coronavirus crisis to deliver 90,000 free meals to Coloradans

The Lost City coffee shop was open only 39 days in Capitol Hill before Gov. Jared Polis ordered all Colorado restaurants and bars to temporarily close March 16 due to the coronavirus crisis. “Definitely a brutal time to open a business, that’s for sure,” Lost City owner Michael Graham said with a laugh. The day […]

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5 weeks into Colorado’s coronavirus crisis, state health officials begin to request patient demographic details

During the first few weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, state health officials did not actively collect data on hospitalizations and deaths by race or ethnicity, missing a vital opportunity to catalog and address potential inequities in access, treatment and outcomes for marginalized populations that other states have seen experience inordinate harm from the virus. With […]

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Colorado could soon get a lot of money from opioid settlements. But where should those dollars go?

Colorado could soon be in line for tens of millions — maybe even hundreds of millions — of dollars from legal settlements related to the opioid epidemic. That kind of windfall would represent a major leap forward in the state’s effort to combat the crisis, which has claimed more than 5,000 Coloradans’ lives since 2000. […]

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For farmers in a mental health crisis, it’s often tough to seek help. A Colorado program aims to begin conversations.

Maggie Hanna grew up a typical rural kid: in school on weekdays; helping with the cattle on her family’s ranch southeast of Colorado Springs on weekends. Except Hanna had something else to contend with. When she was 9, her father, Kirk Hanna, died by suicide.  Now, she’s working to bring more mental health resources to […]