Groundbreaking Effort will Address Obesity, Mental Health in Denver Area


Jun 29, 2016 5:22pm MDT

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Obesity, diabetes and mental-health issues all play significant roles in driving up health care costs in Colorado and nationwide — and now a group of local health organizations will attempt to use data to address these conditions in new ways at a local level.

The Colorado Health Institute received a $1.9 million grant Wednesday from the Colorado Health Foundation to lead CHORDS, the Colorado Health Observation Regional Data Service. It will work in conjunction with local health agencies in seven metro-area counties, the University of Colorado-Denver, Denver Health and CORHIO, the state’s largest health information exchange network.

CHORDS will aggregate patient-level clinical data from participating health-care providers, target intervention strategies for particular communities and then measure the effectiveness of those efforts over a two-year period. It will be one of the first projects in the country to use PopMedNet, a software technology that tracks data on critical population-health indicators, at a local level.

“CHORDS can help public health professionals to better understand what health looks like in their counties,” said Sara Schmitt, CHI’s director of community health policy. “It adds a level of precision that will build on the survey data traditionally available to public health agencies and supports their efforts to address health disparities.”


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