Crow Advocates for Colorado Priorities at Appropriations Hearing

June 9, 2021
Press Release

AURORA - Rep. Jason Crow today appeared before the House Appropriations Committee to advocate for investments that would improve health equity and access to care for Coloradans, as well as other critical community needs. 

WATCH: CROW TESTIMONY 

“These projects directly benefit some of the most marginalized communities in Colorado’s Sixth Congressional District, and promise systemic improvements that will strengthen not just our community, but countless others across the country,” said Congressman Crow in his testimony. “I urge the committee's support and I look forward to working closely with you to ensure these projects are included in the annual appropriations bill.” 

Crow advocated for Colorado priorities including:

  • $500,000 for the  Black Health Initiative Infant Prematurity and Infant Mortality Project at Children’s Hospital Colorado, which aims to combat racial disparities in maternal and infant mortality. 
  • $1,000,000 for the Underrepresented Minority Pipeline for Health Professions at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus to help underrepresented minority students pursue health and science professions. 
  • $1,000,000 to support planning and design costs for a new health campus for the Aurora Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center, will enable clients to access mental health, detox services, primary care and oral health services at a single location, eliminating barriers to care.
  • $500,000 to expand the At-Risk Intervention and Mentoring Program operated by UC Health, enabling UC Health to continue and expand its pilot program to reduce community violence and improve individual outcomes in the greater Aurora community. 
  • $750,000 for the 2-1-1 Program to upgrade the call system connecting Coloradans to 8,000 local service providers, such as emergency shelter, transportation assistance, and substance abuse treatment. 
  • $948,000 for the purchase of an Immune Monitoring Station to enhance the Crnic Institute’s research into Down Syndrome;
  •  $1,000,000 for the Douglas County Generational Opportunities to Achieve Long-Term Success  Program to construct more housing for housing-insecure families. 
  • $1,350,000 for the City of Aurora Safe Outdoor Spaces Project, to provide sheltering options and hygiene facilities for those experiencing homelessness in the Aurora community. 
  • $1,700,000 to expand and renovate the Village Exchange Center, which provides workforce training, food services, and other supports for the Northwest Aurora community and serves primarily immigrants and refugees. 
  • $2,000,000 to create a Domestic Violence High Risk Team in Adams County to improve services for domestic violence victims, which was also submitted by Reps. Neguse and Perlmutter. 

These projects were included in Crow’s Community Project Funding Requests for the Fiscal Year 2022 spending bill, which allows members of Congress to advocate for direct funding to their communities. More information about these projects, including letters of support from local stakeholders, can be found on Rep. Crow’s website. 

Today’s Appropriations Committee hearing follows the release of President Biden’s FY2022 discretionary funding request, which included significant investments in working families, including double digit increases for education and health programs. The Appropriations Committee is now using that blueprint and Member requests to formulate spending bills for the upcoming fiscal year. 

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