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April 2021

 Isabel Dickson 
 Economic Mobility Specialist

 Connect Colorado Families to Expanded Tax   Refunds In the American Rescue Plan

 Do you work with families or know someone who does?

 LPHAs are trusted messengers to get information out to   communities.

Spread the word that Colorado families may be eligible for a new cash-back tax refund of up to $3,600 per child under the recently passed American Rescue Act, and expands the age limit to up to 17 years of age. The federal legislation expands the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to provide cash relief to single parents who earn less than $75,000 a year and joint tax filers who earn less than $150,000 a year. Families making $57,000 or less may also be eligible for an additional $6,600 from the Earned Income Tax Credit.

This is a significant change that has the potential to lift 40 percent of Colorado children out of poverty and improve health outcomes. The previous CTC provided a $2,000 credit per child, which was not fully refundable and therefore not available to low income families. Under the Rescue Act, families who file their taxes by the new tax deadline of May 17th will receive half their refund in 2021 and the other half when they file taxes in 2022. 

In order to receive this cash-back tax refund in 2021, families must file taxes by May 17th, so the IRS has them in their system and knows their income and number of dependents. Income limits, number of children and other factors will determine the refund amount. Individuals should consult a tax professional about their specific situation. Let's get the word out as quickly as possible to families so they can take advantage of this opportunity! More info on expanded tax credits available at Get Ahead Colorado

MCH’s Economic Mobility priority is focused on expanding access to programs and services that improve economic well-being. Many agencies have expanded their communication networks due to COVID-19, and are using these channels to connect families to resources. For example, Tri-County Health Department is exploring tax credit messaging via their bi-weekly COVID updates that reach 5,000 people. Public health can connect families to income supports that improve long term economic mobility and health outcomes. Email Isabel to learn more about tax credit messaging or the Economic Mobility Priority.

EVENTS


TRAINING


  • Improving Access to Care for Children with ASD and/or DD by Increasing Community Capacity
    Archived recording and handouts are now available. This webinar (recorded 4/14/21) describes a project aimed to improve access to care for children with ASD/DD, targeting underserved urban, rural, and frontier regions of the State of Colorado. Review the materials to learn about efforts to provide provider education, capacity building, technical assistance, and direct care, as well as to hear about project impacts to waitlists, provider satisfaction, and perception of self-efficacy. Pandemic adaptations were also discussed.
  • Sign up for training for ECHO sessions
    Service or referral questions may be directed to Sara Mattie.  

NEWS & UPDATES


  • Funding Opportunity: Health Disparities Grant Program (HDGP)
    The CDPHE Office of Health Equity HDGP seeks to fund lead agencies with multisector partnerships to work on systems and policy changes related to COVID-19 recovery or community resilience. The local initiatives will use evidence-based strategies to overcome health disparities in the prevention of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and chronic pulmonary disease.The deadline for application submission is May 11, 2021. Details of the funding opportunity and application materials may be found here.

TOOLS


  • CDC Toolkit for Pregnant People and New Parents
    Resources and tools to help pregnant people, breastfeeding people and new parents caring for infants to protect their health and help people who serve these communities communicate with them.
  • Racial Equity in Public Policy Message Guide (by Voices for Healthy Kids, American Heart Association)
  • PLAYbook available now in English & Spanish
    The PLAYbook contains information and activities that anyone caring for young children – including parents, siblings, guardians, grandparents, babysitters, neighbors, and family friends - can use to prepare children to be successful when entering kindergarten. The PLAYbook contains activities and information that are designed to get caretakers thinking about building the child’s skills in the locations where they spend time together, using what they may already have around the home through play. A digital version of the PLAYbook is available in English and Spanish to review. A communication toolkit was created to help with the promotion of the PLAYbook. 
  • MCH Bill Tracker

DATA & REPORTS


  • Health eMoms COVID-19 Survey Data Now Available
    Data tables with statewide estimates as well as estimates broken down by geography, birthing parent age, birthing parent education, birthing parent race/ethnicity, Medicaid status, and pregnancy/postpartum status are all available. Each set of data tables contains 8 tabs, which you can navigate through using the bar on the bottom of your screen. 
  • Pulse Poll from the Colorado Health Foundation
    See the results via the Pulse Poll Dashboard or the Key Findings Presentation. Pulse will be an annual poll, conducted by phone/online among a random representative sample. It was implemented for the first time in August and reached 2,275 adults. 

HEALTH EQUITY


SDOH


NEWSLETTERS


The Title V Maternal and Child Health Program (MCH) works with statewide partners and local public health agency representatives to improve the health of Coloradans using population-based and infrastructure-building strategies. Our mission is to optimize the health and well-being of mothers and children by employing primary prevention and early intervention public health strategies.
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