CCLP’s advocacy efforts succeed because our work is informed by members of the community. We routinely work in partnership with like-minded organizations and leaders. CCLP plays an active role in many coalitions that work on behalf of low-income Coloradans. CCLP staff leads and organizes two of those critical coalitions – the Health Advocates Alliance and Skills2Compete Colorado.
The Health Advocates Alliance (HAA) is a diverse coalition of consumers, providers, and health care advocates committed to health care for all that is affordable, timely, safe, equitable, effective and patient-centric. HAA formed in 2008 to ensure the inclusion of both consumer and provider perspectives in a bill before the legislature that established Centennial Care Choices, a governor-appointed panel tasked with examining proposals from health insurers to offer value based health plans. After passage of the bill, HAA recommended appointees to the Centennial Care Choices panel who would be able to deepen the discussion of critical components of health care reform. Since then, HAA has continued to work together on significant health reform issues, including the establishment and operation of Connect for Health Colorado, Medicaid expansion, and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Colorado. Health Advocates Alliance distinguishes itself from other coalitions by uniting coalition members with a common purpose of thinking strategically and proactively about moving forward our common goals for health reform.
Skills2Compete addresses the skills gap between today’s workforce and tomorrow’s job market so that every worker and every industry has the skills to compete and prosper. Coordinated by CCLP, this multi- sector coalition includes representatives from adult education, post-secondary education, workforce development, job-placement programs, businesses, and advocacy organizations. In 2011, the coalition published Colorado’s Forgotten Middle-Skill Jobs. Based on the findings of this research report, the coalition developed a policy agenda focused on strengthening adult basic education, credential attainment, career pathways and industry specific sector partnerships. In 2012, Skills2Compete was successful in advocating for the Skills for Jobs Act, which tracks credential attainment. The following year, the coalition supported a bill to launch the Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) program in order to move students in need of basic education as well as skills training more quickly through job credentialing and into employment. In 2014, Skills2Compete-Colorado spearheaded the passage of legislation that will, for the first time, fund and refocus adult education to work in partnership with postsecondary education and workforce development. The Skills2Compete coalition realizes Coloradans don’t just need a GED, they need employer sought credentials related to specific jobs, specifically “middle skill jobs,” which don’t require four years of college, but do require some post-secondary training. Post-secondary education and credential attainment is increasingly central for adults to earn family-sustaining wages, participate more fully in Colorado’s twenty-first century workforce, and contribute to our state’s economic health and vitality. Click here to view the official Skills2Compete-Colorado page.
This project is part of a broader effort from the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (CCJRC), the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council and CCLP to ensure health care access for criminal justice populations under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Take Care – Health Matters’ website provides information and resources for justice-involved people to get health insurance and find health care as well as personal stories about how access to health makes a difference.