Project Abstract


Senate Bill 21-194 (Maternal Health) was passed in the first regular session of the Seventy-Third General Assembly of the State of Colorado. Section 25-52-104 includes a provision authorizing a study on the use of research evidence (URE) in policies related to the perinatal period in Colorado, to be fulfilled by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and findings reported to the legislature no later than September 1, 2023.

The purpose of the study is to: (a) understand driving processes, barriers, and facilitators for using research evidence in policy development and uptake related to the perinatal period in Colorado; and (b) develop data-informed guidance for improving URE during development and uptake of policies related to the perinatal period, with the expressed goal of reducing perinatal health disparities and promoting the equitable achievement of perinatal well-being for Coloradans. A focus on health and health care policies anchor the study. Because infant and maternal mortality and morbidity—and the observed disparities therein—are driven by multiple social determinants of health (SDOH), this study will also work to identify major policy influences in other SDOH categories that intersect with health/health care policies and can open the door to better reach and access within the perinatal continuum of care.

To accomplish this purpose, CDPHE has partnered with the Colorado Lab to design, conduct, and share learnings from this perinatal policy URE study. The evaluation is guided by an implementation science frame for URE by policy decision-makers.

Agencies: 

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Research Partners: 

University of Denver, Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab