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CCHAP Sunsets and Celebrates Our Accomplishments

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Dear Community Pediatric Practices and Community Partners,

Our Board of Directors and staff here at CCHAP wanted you to know about changes happening at the organization - CCHAP is closing our doors. We recently conducted a review of the advocacy and practice transformation landscape, and we realized two things: we have largely achieved our original mission and there are many other effective organizations and state entities now in this space who are carrying forward the work CCHAP initiated.

After careful evaluation of CCHAP’s progress and success, as well as considering financing factors and the impact of COVID-19 on healthcare partners and our small nonprofit, the CCHAP Board voted to transition our tangible and intangible assets to the Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP-CO) in July of 2022 to have this reputable, pediatrician-led organization carry our mission forward.

Your partnership over the past 16 years has allowed us to achieve CCHAP’s mission: “to improve the lives of children and advance health equity by ensuring all children have access to high quality, comprehensive and sustainable healthcare.” CCHAP has been able to advance its mission through many exceptional programs and projects, talented staff, committed funders and dedicated community pediatric practices. Colorado has made incredible progress in improving access to high quality, pediatric primary care, particularly for low-income and historically underserved children. Much of the work CCHAP has done over the past 16 years is now incorporated into the state’s Medicaid program strategy. This is due in large part to the value that CCHAP demonstrated through its work and our successful advocacy efforts.

Additionally, your partnership helped us accelerate payment reform initiatives; implement the medical homes for children legislation; advance quality within pediatric practices through practice transformation activities; enhance behavioral health integration; and accelerate pediatric primary care quality improvement and delivery system and payment reform work within the Colorado Medicaid program. Together, we have increased our state’s capacity to serve more kids on Medicaid. And for that, we are incredibly appreciative to have had you as a partner.

While the decision was bittersweet, we celebrate the accomplishments of CCHAP over the years. We honor and acknowledge CCHAP's founder, Dr. Steve Poole, and his vision that all children in Colorado have access to a high-quality medical home. To quote Dr. Poole: "I’ve made a career listening to practices talk about what drives them crazy, and then helping them overcome those challenges. CCHAP allowed me to be a problem-solver for kids."

We are confident that CCHAP’s mission remains embodied in many other respected organizations, giving us peace of mind that the good fight to ensure all children continue to have a medical home will live on. We are also excited to see the potential that can be created within AAP-CO with the donation of CCHAP's assets, helping them build on both of our organizational missions to advocate for children and the pediatricians that serve them.

With deep gratitude and appreciation,

Dave Younggren, CCHAP Board Chair
Sue Williamson, Executive Director

Joint Statement from the Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and CCHAP

Dear Pediatric Providers and Community Partners,

Many of you are familiar with the long-standing partnership between the Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP-CO) and Colorado Children’s Healthcare Access Program (CCHAP). For more than 15 years, our organizations have worked together to increase access to high-quality pediatric care for children across Colorado. Today, our organizations would like to share exciting news about the future of CCHAP and AAP-CO.

CCHAP is proud to have achieved substantial progress since the organization was launched in 2006, with the mission of “improving the lives of children and advancing health equity by ensuring all children have access to high quality, comprehensive and sustainable healthcare.” The CCHAP Board of Directors and staff have come to recognize that there are now other effective organizations and state entities carrying forward the work that CCHAP initiated. Every nonprofit’s goal is to work itself out of a job-- the CCHAP team feel they have accomplished that goal.

After careful evaluation, the CCHAP Board of Directors has voted to transition the organization’s tangible and intangible assets to AAP-CO in July 2022. The goal is to ensure that the CCHAP mission will be carried forward by a reputable pediatrician-led organization aligned with the vision and mission of CCHAP. The AAP-CO Board of Directors has voted unanimously to accept the donation.

It is important to note that CCHAP is not merging with AAP-CO. The remaining CCHAP assets will be transferred to AAP-CO in order to increase the capacity of the Chapter to offer a broad array of services and programs to AAP-CO members and continue to fulfill the Chapter's mission: "To provide an active voice promoting the optimal health and welfare of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults in Colorado; to support the continuing education of health care providers in matters of child and adolescent health; and to encourage participation and fellowship in these areas by pediatricians throughout the state".

As part of the transition, AAP-CO will create a workgroup comprised of both AAP-CO members and CCHAP representation. This workgroup will develop a strategic plan for use of the funds in a manner consistent with the missions of both organizations.

In partnership,

Edward C. (Ted) Maynard, MD, FAAP – Chapter President
Dave Younggren, CCHAP Board Chair
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CCHAP's Accomplishments Over the Years

CCHAP has achieved substantial success since we launched in 2006. Colorado has made incredible progress in improving access to high-quality pediatric primary care, particularly for children from low-income families and historically underserved children. Click on this link CLICK HERE to see how CCHAP has contributed over the years.
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