Uninsured and Healthcare Access Response & Recovery Team

Uninsured and Healthcare Access

The Adams County Support for the Unemployed and Future Workforce Response and Recovery Team is focused on supporting residents currently experiencing unemployment due to the COVID-19 Crisis to connect with existing and available jobs, as well as considering what future jobs will look like and how to support Adams County residents to fill them during recovery. This includes identifying and lifting policy and system shifts that may be needed, and providing a space for clear, concise information and aid in real-time.

Uninsured and Healthcare Access Response & Recovery Team Membership and Roles

Brittany Morgan Saunders

Brittany Morris Saunders

Chaz Tedesco

Commissioner Chaz Tedesco

Maria Zubia
Maria Zubia

This Response & Recovery Team is championed by Adams County District 2 Commissioner Charles “Chaz” Tedesco who is responsible for removing barriers, ensuring resources are available, and aligning policy to improve the strategic area. The Response and Recovery Team is chaired by Brittany Morris Saunders, President of Local Affairs for Sewald Hanfling Public Affairs, and Maria Zubia, Director of Community Outreach, Kids First Health Care, who are responsible for managing the effort and supporting the core team and larger Response and Recovery Team to move the work forward. The Response & Recovery core team determines data baseline and provides support with high-level strategy. Learn more about the Uninsured and Healthcare Access Response & Recovery Team


A baseline is currently in development around the current uninsured population in Adams County disaggregated by age, race, gender, employment status, and commissioner district of Adams County. Specifically, the Response & Recovery Team will be considering how many Adams County residents are uninsured and how many are enrolling in coverage through Connecting Colorado during this period of extended open enrollment.


  • Targets will be recommended based on the specific needs of populations who are uninsured.

Uninsured and Healthcare Access Response & Recovery Team Subcommittees

  • Mobile COVID-19 Testing Subcommittee: The mobile COVID-19 Testing Subcommittee is working to provide mobile COVID-19 testing for uninsured community members from vulnerable populations, including undocumented community members and community members experiencing homelessness.

Strategies Underway

  • Support uninsured residents to access health insurance through Connect for Health Colorado.
  • Prevent the spread of COVID-19 amongst vulnerable populations (with priority for the immigrant population and community members experiencing homelessness) through Community Outreach and Mobile COVID testing.
  • Improve telehealth access for vulnerable populations (in development).
  • Strengthen communication efforts to enable access to insurance and healthcare (in development).

Uninsured and Healthcare Access Response & Recovery Team Big Wins

  • Extension of Open Enrollment Period for State Health Insurance (Impact: 14,263 uninsured Coloradans, 1,014 Adams County residents).
  • $200,000 has been secured to provide cremation and funeral support for lives lost to COVID-19.
  • Organizational and community-wide practices and paradigms have shifted to lift up collective work and alignment to meet the needs of populations who experience the largest gaps in access to health insurance and care, including the uninsurable (undocumented community members and others) and community members experiencing homelessness.
  • Please remove: To date, mobile testing outreach efforts have reached at least 3,104 immigrant community members (including undocumented community members) and resulted in 73 community members receiving COVID-19 testing.

Join This Effort

Participate in weekly Response & Recovery Team meetings via Zoom – recurring date and time TBD.