Project ACCESS (Assessment and Community Collaboration to Engage and Strengthen Southeast Colorado Springs) is:

  • Engaging the community​
  • Utilizing venues of faith, health, and recreation
  • Identifying and supporting community leaders​
  • Engaging in dialogue and action to reduce violence and improve safety​

Key Partners

  • YMCA of Pikes Peak Region/LiveWell Colorado Springs​
  • Penrose-St. Francis Health Services​
  • El Paso County Public Health ​

In partnership with:

  • Community Care of Central Colorado ​
  • Peak Vista Community Health Centers​
  • Youth Violence Prevention​
  • Colorado Community Center Collaborative​
  • Kaiser Permanente ​

Obstacles to Health and Identified Health Challenges

  • Rising poverty, stagnant and high unemployment rates
  • Geographic and social isolation​
  • Violence
  • High rates of chronic illness, pain, substance abuse, obesity, and mental illness​

Background

Assessment and Community Collaboration to Engage and Strengthen Southeast Colorado Springs (ACCESS) targets barriers including geographic and demographic disparities in access to services, health care, and safe environments.

ACCESS targets Southeast Colorado Springs, an area struggling with rising poverty levels, high unemployment, and violence. There are significant disparities in access to services, care, and safe environments; there are no primary care providers and very few organizations serving the community’s needs. As a result, the residents in this area suffer from high rates of chronic illness, pain, substance abuse, obesity, and mental illness.

ACCESS seeks to improve neighborhood safety and reduce exposure to violence among youth and young families. Their goals include gathering current and collected data and research, engaging community members, and mobilizing the community