The Colorado Opportunity Framework


Many Coloradans face roadblocks that keep them from having the opportunity to be healthy, economically-secure members of society. 

The Colorado Opportunity Framework takes a prevention-based approach to identify and remove these roadblocks so that Coloradans can succeed across the life-span.

The goal is to deliver evidence-based initiatives and community promising practices that remove roadblocks for all Coloradans, so that everyone will have the opportunity to reach and maintain their full potential.

The Opportunity Framework

The Opportunity Framework covers nine life stages from family formation to end-of-life. Within each life stage, a series of indicators serve as benchmarks or metrics for success.

Each of the 7 Regional Networks (RCCO/RAE) in the Accountable Care Collaborative (ACC) has developed a strategic workplan, which identifies indicators to target based on population needs, and outlines plans to implement evidence-based programs and local initiatives to address the selected indicators.

Sample of the Family Formation life stage with identified evidence-based interventions:

The Department’s Role

  • The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing is engaging in ongoing work to promote and expand the Framework. This work includes:
    • Performing data outreach to better measure the impacts of the interventions
    • Researching Medicaid alignment with the social determinants of health, including food security, education, and workforce training
    • Collaboration with other state agencies, including the Department of Public Health and Environment, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Labor and Employment, and the Department of Local Affairs
  • By establishing common indicators and interventions, the framework promotes:
    • Clearer discussions about goals
    • Higher-quality data collection
    • Evidence-based, strategic programs
    • Collaboration across institutions
    • Commitment toward achieving long-term goals

For additional information about the Colorado Opportunity Framework, please contact:
Department of Health Care Policy & Financing