The purpose of The Vision Institute Inc. of Colorado Quantitative Data Report was to measure the critical needs of shelter, food, and medical access issues, within the communities of Fort Collins Colorado (Larimer County) and Greeley Colorado (Weld County).  Through evaluation of the population characteristics/demographics, critical needs health indicators, and the HP 2020 Objectives, the Vision Institute Inc. is able to identify high priority populations and critical needs that should be addressed.  In utilizing the HP2020 Objectives as a baseline, the Vision Institute has a common standard by which to measure current indicators and potential changes, as programs are implemented. 

Demographic Key Findings:

·       Weld County has significantly more Hispanic/Latino residents than Colorado and the United States

·       Weld County has more residents under 18 and less adults of all ages than Colorado and the United States

·       Larimer County has significantly more young adults, 18-24 years old, than the United States or Colorado. This is likely due to Colorado State University being located in Ft. Collins

·       Larimer County has a higher median gross rent than the United States and Colorado

·       Weld County has a higher percentage of homes that speak a language other than English than Colorado, but less than the United States

·       Weld County has less high school graduates or above than Colorado and fewer residents with a bachelor’s degree or above than Colorado and the United States

·       Weld County has less per capita income than Colorado and the United States

·       The amount of dollars spent on healthcare and social assistance per capita is significantly less in Weld County than Larimer County: $3.13 vs. $5.96 respectively ($5.40 CO; $6.35 US)

 

Critical Needs Key Findings:

·       Both Larimer and Weld Counties exhibit the need for healthcare coverage access and assistance

·       Weld County, with higher rates of poor health, exhibits more need in the area of medical care and healthcare coverage

·       Weld County has significantly more Adults who have Delayed Medical Care because of Cost than Colorado and the United States. Larimer County and Colorado are both significantly higher than the United States

·       Weld County and Colorado have significantly more residents without health insurance than the United States

·       Weld County has significantly more children, as reported by parents, and adults that are in fair or poor health than Colorado

·       Weld County, Larimer County, and Colorado have less people that have a “medical home” or ongoing medical care than the United States

·       Ft. Collins median and average rent is higher than the United States and Greeley and on par with Colorado

·       Colorado has a significantly higher percentage of homeless families than the United States

·       Larimer County has a significantly higher percentage of chronically homeless than Colorado and the United States

·       Larimer and Weld Counties have a higher percentage of Unaccompanied Young Adults (Aged 18-24) that are homeless than Colorado and the United States

·       Approximately a third of Colorado’s homeless population is unsheltered, defined as sleeping on the street, in a vehicle, in an abandoned building, or in another place not meant for human habitation

·       Fort Collins Colorado experienced a sharp increase in the number of chronically homeless between 2014 and 2015

·       Substance use, mental illness, physical illness, and domestic violence are key indicators among the homeless population

·       Emergency Department visits are significant to consider, because “children without stable housing (are) more likely to use emergency department services as a result of a lack of a regular health care provider.” (Nabihah Maqbool, et al. (2015). The Impacts of Affordable Housing on Health: A Research Summary Center for Housing Policy INSIGHTS and Jellyman, T. and Nicholas Spencer (2008) “Residential Mobility in Childhood and Health Outcomes” Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health62 (7) 584-592.)

·       Harsh winter conditions factor in to the need to address the continuing homeless situation in both Larimer and Weld Counties

 

Preliminary findings from the Quantitative Data Report, show that there are many potential focus areas of concern in critical needs for the populations of Weld and Larimer Counties. Through a system of analysis and quantitative inquiry, The Vision Institute Inc. prioritizes:

 

·       Weld County

o   Access to services for population demographics that include higher rates of disparate populations: ie lower income level, lower education level, language barriers, and higher Hispanic/Latino population

o   Availability of services, due to significantly less monies spent on healthcare and social assistance programs than Larimer County, Colorado, and the United States

·       Larimer County

o   Critical needs among the significantly higher young adult population, as they typically have higher risk factors in drug and alcohol use, food and housing insecurity, and lower income

o   High housing costs effects on homelessness

o   High rates of “chronically homeless”

·       Both Counties

o   Healthcare coverage, insurance, and access issues

o   Delay of medical care, identify as “fair or poor” health, and no “medical home” for many residents

o   Number of homeless families and homeless “Unaccompanied Young Adults”

o   Harsh winter conditions that affect the third of Colorado’s homeless population considered to be “unsheltered”

o   Substance use as a potential contributors and/or risk factors for homelessness

 

   

Executive Summary-Quantitative Data

The purpose of The Vision Institute Inc. of Colorado Quantitative Data Report was to measure the critical needs of shelter, food, and medical access issues, within the communities of Fort Collins Colorado (Larimer County) and Greeley Colorado (Weld County).  Through evaluation of the population characteristics/demographics, critical needs health indicators, and the HP 2020 Objectives, the Vision Institute Inc. is able to identify high priority populations and critical needs that should be addressed.  In utilizing the HP2020 Objectives as a baseline, the Vision Institute has a common standard by which to measure current indicators and potential changes, as programs are implemented. Click here to view the full report.

Preliminary findings from the Quantitative Data Report, show that there are many potential focus areas of concern in critical needs for the populations of Weld and Larimer Counties. Through a system of analysis and quantitative inquiry, The Vision Institute Inc. prioritizes:

Weld County

·     Access to services for population demographics that include higher rates of disparate populations: ie lower income level, lower education level, language barriers, and higher Hispanic/Latino population

·     Availability of services, due to significantly less monies spent on healthcare and social assistance programs than Larimer County, Colorado, and the U.S. 

Larimer County

·     Critical needs among the significantly higher young adult population, as they typically have higher risk factors in drug and alcohol use, food and housing insecurity, and lower income

·     High housing costs effects on homelessness

·     High rates of “chronically homeless”

Both Counties

·     Healthcare coverage, insurance, and access issues

·     Delay of medical care, identify as “fair or poor” health, and no “medical home” for many residents

·     Number of homeless families and homeless “Unaccompanied Young Adults”

·     Harsh winter conditions that affect the third of Colorado’s homeless population considered to be “unsheltered”

·     Substance use as a potential contributors and/or risk factors for homelessness

 

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