Colorado Health Equity Project provides services to patients through on–site case management teams located at three Colorado health care facilities that serve vulnerable populations. We have documented the need for integrated medical–legal services at the Salud Family Health Center in Commerce City, the Children’s Hospital, and The Colorado Center for Refugee Health. At each location of three locations, a physician, attorney, and social worker or behavior health specialist comprise the CHEP case management team.
Salud operates nine community health care clinics and a mobile unit. Salud provides primary care to low–income patients throughout Colorado, including migrant and seasonal farmworkers.
The Colorado Refugee Wellness Center (CRWC) provides services to approximately 2,000 refugees each year. Each receives immediate medical evaluation and follow-up, but patients do not have ready access to legal counsel in support of their immigration applications or to help protect their rights while their applications are pending.