Boulder County’s uninsured rate remains low, thanks to the Affordable Care Act and local efforts to enroll low-income residents in publicly funded health programs. However, enrollment in Medicaid and Colorado’s Child Health Plan Plus was off about 10% from its highest point in 2017.
Latino and low-income Boulder County residents generally rank their personal health lower than non-Hispanic whites and more wealthy residents. When it comes to mental health however, Latinos, low-income residents, and men report fewer poor mental health days than others.
LGBQ high school students at BVSD continue to face higher rates of attempting suicide and feeling sad and hopeless than their heterosexual and cisgender peers. Decades of research has shown that the effects of discrimination and adverse environments are what lead to the large health disparities for LGBQ teens, and Boulder County is no exception.
Overall crime offenses in Boulder County have remained constant for the last five years. It is important to note that in 2013, the FBI UCR Program removed the word “forcible” from the definition of rape. The broader definition of rape accounts for the increase in the number of reported cases from 2012 to 2013.
Teen birth rates have decreased drastically in Boulder County and across the state, thanks to a comprehensive push to address the issue. Births to Latina teens have also declined significantly; however, they still make up a larger percentage of teen births than births to Anglo teen moms here.
Access to mental health care in Boulder County is better than in many parts of the state, but it still falls short of the need in the community. Almost 20 percent of the population in the county experienced eight or more days of poor mental health in the last month.