SuPPoRT Colorado


SuPPoRT Colorado envisions a Colorado that equitably serves all families through prevention and reduction of substance use during pregnancy and provides multigenerational support for families to thrive.

History & Mission

The SuPPoRT Colorado Steering Committee was established in 2008 and is a subcommittee of the Colorado Substance Abuse Trend and Response Task Force.

The SuPPoRT Colorado Steering Committee is tasked with identifying and implementing strategies for reducing the number of families impacted by substance use during pregnancy and for improving outcomes for families across the lifespan.

The SuPPoRT Colorado Steering Committee exemplifies a collaborative approach to addressing community issues and continues to engage additional partners as appropriate to effectively address program targets.

On Equity

SuPPoRT Colorado acknowledges that systemic social, economic and environmental inequities impact experiences and outcomes around substance use, pregnancy and/or parenting.

We also recognize that substance use is strongly correlated with individual, historical, and intergenerational trauma, as well as mental health conditions, toxic stress, sexual violence and/or intimate partner violence. Thus, substance use during pregnancy and/or parenting must be understood in this broader context.

To decrease inequities, systems, services, and policies must be trauma-informed, culturally-responsive, and serve individuals and families with dignity and respect.

Leadership and Family Advisory Board

The SuPPoRT Colorado Steering Committee is co-chaired by Kathryn Wells, MD, Executive Director of the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect, and Jade Woodard, Executive Director of Illuminate Colorado. 

In 2019, the Family Advisory Board (FAB) to the SuPPoRT Colorado Steering Committee was formed in order to elevate the voices of families who have experienced, directly or indirectly, the impacts of substance use during pregnancy.

The FAB identifies barriers and facilitators in seeking support and services, raises awareness about best practices when working with families and informs priority-setting within the SuPPoRT Colorado Steering Committee to best serve the needs of families impacted by substance use.


Backbone Support

The Illuminate Colorado Strategic Initiatives team supports the SuPPoRT Colorado Steering Committee and Family Advisory Board, the CHoSEN Collaborative and the SuPPoRT Colorado Work Groups. 

After you sign up to join a work group, we will reach out with more information to get you everything you need to get involved.


Contact Kelli Sutton, Strategic Initiatives Manager


Learn more & Get Involved

In 2022, SuPPoRT Colorado is convening, supporting and guiding work groups to advance the priority areas identified by the Family Advisory Board and Steering Committee and informed by stakeholder input in 2021.

  • Join a SuPPoRT Colorado Work Group  
  • Subscribe to Updates on this Important Work
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