Resources and Publications

Office of New Americans Access Research Report

The Office of New Americans partnered with Kone Consulting to identify and recommend changes to program access points to facilitate the ability for New Americans to benefit from programs for which they are eligible. New Americans lack access to state programs to a greater degree than U.S. born Coloradans because of barriers such as language or lack of awareness. The study includes recommendations on changes that could be made to ensure equitable access to programs for all Coloradans. In this report, you will find both big picture and detailed recommendations such as: 

  • Engagement and access to information from trusted community leaders and organizations; 
  • Hiring on-site interpreters at county human services offices and prioritizing in-person meetings for applicants that have language and digital barriers; 
  • Implementing a full-service language assistance line accessible to all Coloradans;  
  • Utilizing text message systems to engage New Americans. 

The overall recommendations are in the final report here and the program specific recommendations are in the appendices here.

The New American ToolKit

Do you work with and/or serve New Americans? If so, you'll want to read The New American Toolkit, which provides resources you can use to advance your work, including:

  • Background on Colorado's New Americans and their economic contributions to the state
  • Funding opportunities to improve workforce development opportunities for New Americans
  • Glossary of terms, including laws and legislation
  • Information on program eligibility
  • And more!

You can find the toolkit here.

The Toolkit was developed by the Office of New Americans, in partnership with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, the Colorado Workforce Development Council, and the Colorado Refugee Services Program.

New American Integration: Annual Report 2020

The Office of New Americans continues the work of its predecessor, the New American Integration Initiative, which released a report at the end of 2020 describing Colorado's New Americans, their contributions to the economy, legislation supporting their integration, and more. Read the report here.