The San Luis Valley faces some of the greatest health care challenges in the state. Health care providers serve an area that encompasses about 8,000 square miles. The majority of people served, residents, migrants and seasonal farm workers, rely on public health insurance or have no health insurance coverage at all.
Weld County is growing faster than any other metropolitan area in the nation. Weld County is the third leading agricultural area in the nation, attracting an estimated 6,000 migrant workers every season. Rapid growth means a great demand is placed on the county???s health infrastructure.
The Colorado Department of Local Affairs projects the Grand Valley to grow faster than the Front Range over the next 25 years. Most growth has come in unincorporated areas of the Grand Valley, increasing demand to extend urban health care services to rural areas.
After more than a decade of declining state investment, Colorado???s system of public higher education and adult training is nearing the breaking point. The implications are severe for our families, our businesses, our communities and our future. How did this happen? What is at stake for Coloradans and their communities? And what can be done about it? This booklet offers straightforward answers to these questions.
In Alamosa and Huerfano counties, for a family of four (two adults, one preschooler and one school-age child) to be completely self sufficient, their income must exceed the median earnings of a worker with an associate degree.
A Boulder Daily Camera commentary explaining the consequences of the state's poor funding of public health departments and other essential health services as a result of strict spending limits in Colorado.