About Us

Our pediatric health care providers are dedicated to providing high quality health care for Adams County children. Established in 1978, we operate under the philosophy that every child deserves health care.

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created specifically to meet the needs of children ages birth to 21 who otherwise could not afford health care. We are governed by a volunteer board of directors.

In 2017, Kids First served more than 4,000 children and youth through over 10,000 integrated health care visits. Though located in Adams County, Kids First serves children and youth from across the Denver metro area. At its Commerce City and Westminster locations, the agency provides services to any child or young adult between the ages of 0-21, regardless of where they reside. At its school-based sites, which are located within middle and high schools, Kids First provides services exclusively to students who attend that school.

 

Our Mission

Kids First Health Care is committed to improving the health and well-being of infants, children, and youth through providing primary and preventive health services in partnership with schools and other community organizations.

 

Who We Serve

Kids First Health Care serves children ages 0-21. The majority of Kids First patients are enrolled in Medicaid or CHP+ (78%), and 17% are uninsured.

We provide year-round pediatric and adolescent health care services to children birth to 21 at the following community clinics:

Commerce City Clinic
4675 E. 69th Ave.
Commerce City, CO 80022

Westminster Clinic
Gregory Hill Early Childhood Center
8030 Irving Street
Westminster, CO 80031

School-based Clinics
We also provide school-based health care. School-based health centers bring the doctor’s office to the schools, so students avoid health-related absences and get the support they need to succeed in the classroom. Services are designed to identify problems early, provide continuity of care, and improve academic success.

Adams City High School
7200 Quebec Parkway
Commerce City, CO  80022
Phone: 303.405.3050
Fax: 303.853.7849

Lester Arnold High School
6500 East 72nd Avenue
Commerce City, CO  80022
Phone: 303.853.3310
Fax:  303.289.7167

Adams City Middle School
4451 East 72nd Avenue
Commerce City, CO  80022
Phone: 303.853.5410
Fax:  303.853.5484

Kearney Middle School
6160 Kearney Street
Commerce City, CO  80022
Phone: 303.286.0566
Fax:  303.286.0572

Thornton High School
9351 Washington Street
Thornton, CO  80229
Phone: 720.972.4976
Fax: 720.972.4988

 

Kids First’s Model

Cutting-edge: We draw from the latest research and use technology that children and adolescents are most comfortable using. For example, we use the Just Health app, which provides a robust risk assessment across measures that include mental health issues and high-risk behaviors, such as drinking and drug use.

Culturally and linguistically responsive: Most of our providers are bilingual, and many of our staff members come from the communities we serve, making them specially attuned to the cultural needs and preferences of the patients we serve.

Patient-centered: We strive to assure that every child we can reach has a “health care home” with a medical provider who knows the child and family’s health history and is available to arrange for care whenever needed. We work with every single family to make sure their unique needs are being addressed. Our providers take extra time to get to know each patient and help them become more comfortable with the tools and resources we provide them with.

Team-based: We use a fully integrated, whole-child perspective. Our health care providers, patient navigators, health educators, and behavioral health providers work together to ensure each patient’s comprehensive needs are monitored and addressed. As part of this approach, Kids First recognizes that families have other basic needs that must be met before they can prioritize and benefit from necessary medical care. As a result, Kids First patient navigators connect families to other resources, including food and housing assistance.

Focused on need: We intentionally target communities that demonstrate the highest need and have the most limited health resources. We partner with schools and other community organizations to avoid duplication of services while also ensuring no children go without needed care.

 

Our Core Values

Accessibility: We find a way to serve ALL children regardless of financial status, nationality, race, gender or sexual orientation. We help people overcome barriers to resources and care.

Quality: We provide high-quality and affordable health care that will follow current recommended actions and that are cutting edge and provide wraparound services.

Relationships: We build quality relationships based on mutual respect and trust with families, community and partners, and with one another. We connect with multiple internal and external partners to provide effective and efficient care.