Our Community

We believe everyone should have a fair and just opportunity to reach their full health potential, both physically and mentally.

We know not everyone has equal or equitable access to health care, and that multiple factors outside of health care determine our mental and physical health. While BCH cannot solve for all the health barriers the greater Boulder community faces, the Foundation can enhance access to health care, and provide social and economic support to improve the health and wellbeing of BCH patients and the larger patient community.

The BCH Foundation aims to make an impact by investing in the following programmatic areas:

Patient Assistance

Supporting individual patients in overcoming the social and economic barriers to health.

Patient Assistance programs

  • Anchor Point Mental Health Endowment: Offers grants that will enable individuals to receive mental health care and support services that would otherwise not be available to them. These grants are being made across four core priority areas: transitions, treatment, health and wellness and education.
  • Breast Cancer Treatment Fund: Supports individuals diagnosed with breast cancer and receiving care at the Cancer Center at Tebo Family Medical Building and experiencing financial vulnerability, to access the care they need.
  • Heart to Heart Fund: Provides financial assistance to cardiac patients so they have one less worry and can focus on their health, wellness, and recovery. The grants made from this fund support patients in the prevention, treatment, and management of their cardiac health.
  • The Red Lipstick Fund: Provides financial assistance to those in need while receiving treatment for cancer at the Cancer Center at Tebo Family Medical Building and Boulder Community Health.

Community Health

Supporting non-clinical efforts, working within the BCH patient communities in culturally relevant ways, to improve health outcomes through addressing the social and economic barriers to health.

Community Health programs

  • Boulder Shelter for the Homeless: Partnership to co-case manage and facilitate an expedited entry into housing for people experiencing homelessness and who are also medically vulnerable.
  • Love for Lily: Partnership that provides in-unit support programming and navigation for families with children hospitalized in the neonatal intensive care unit of BCH’s Family Birth Center. Love for Lily also offers coaching for care teams and financial support to families as needed.
  • Prevention & Intervention for Life-Long Alternatives and Recovery (PILLAR): Provides free assistance to Boulder County residents with health care matters relating to chronic pain and/or opioid and other substance use disorders. The program provides short-term case management services and referrals to community agencies for those seeking treatment in an outpatient setting or through higher levels of care.
  • Project HEALS (Health Equity in Achieving Long-term Solutions): This project will allow the Case Management team to help care for patients experiencing barriers to post acute care because of a number of factors, including housing, behavioral health, traumatic brain injuries, dementia, and other social and economic barriers.

    One part of the grant will fund a bed at a respite care facility run by Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, to assist in providing post-acute care to individuals who are too medically vulnerable to return to the street or Boulder Shelter, but no longer require hospital inpatient care. The second part of the grant will provide patients with in-home care for up to 10-days, four hours per day, to assist in the transition from inpatient to being home.

Community Collaboration

The Foundation supports BCH in capacity building through igniting new partnerships, accelerating existing partnerships, or funding partnerships that need financial support. Many of these collaborations support work to improve the social determinants that are impacting health outcomes and are within BCH’s ability to influence. Partnerships to date: Blue Sky Bridge, Boulder County AIDS Project, Boulder Shelter for Homeless, Bridge House, Love for Lily, Medicine Horse, Project Angel Heart, Queer Asterisk, Rise Against Suicide, Studio Arts, There With Care.

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