DORA: Coloradans urged to be “Can Do Consumers” in an effort to stay safe while helping statewide local businesses thrive

DENVER – The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) is committed to Gov. Jared Polis’ plan to help safely reopen Colorado’s economy and protect the public from the spread of COVID-19 by challenging Coloradans to be “Can Do Consumers”. As part of the State’s “Can Do Colorado” campaign, which highlights practices and innovations by businesses who are stepping up and transforming the way they operate to support their communities, Coloradans can now find guidance on how to safely and responsibly resume using all the wonderful services provided by these businesses in our state.

“Many businesses are stepping up with innovative solutions to help keep their customers and clients safe. Now it’s time for Colorado consumers to do their part to keep themselves and others healthy while supporting our state’s economy” said DORA Executive Director Patty Salazar. “Customers, clients and patients all have roles to play to ensure that Colorado remains resilient in the face of this pandemic. We are proud to offer resources and guides for Coloradans to learn how they can become ‘Can Do Consumers.”

The “Can Do Colorado” campaign and website launched in early May, providing a dedicated space for people to learn about Coloradans who are creating new, safe ways to serve their clients and customers. The site also provides business owners and professionals with resources and guidance about how they can safely and responsibly reopen, and has incorporated “Can Do Community Challenges” from DORA’s sister agencies working to ensure Colorado emerges from the pandemic stronger than ever. 

Now, with the addition of the “Can Do Consumers” initiative, visitors to the site will find health and safety tips on effective ways to comply with policies and rules when visiting businesses, as well as resources on how to find local businesses who are operating safely and innovatively. Coloradans can also find information on ways to avoid COVID-19 scams and frauds.

Follow along to see new highlights from the campaign on the website and on social media at #CanDoColorado and #DoingMyPartCO. Denver branding, marketing and technology company Karsh Hagan is managing aspects of campaign marketing and design pro-bono.

Please note: The featured practices are not an endorsement or recommendation of any one individual or business by DORA. Rather, the campaign is meant to highlight innovative and best practices used by businesses in the midst of COVID-19 restrictions.

DORA: Coloradans urged to be “Can Do Consumers” in an effort to stay safe while helping statewide local businesses thrive

DORA working to increase available healthcare workforce for Coronavirus response

DENVER (March 13, 2020) – The Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) is implementing two initiatives to reduce the strain on the healthcare workforce as part of the state’s ongoing efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Jared Polis announced at a news briefing Friday morning.

“In order to scale up our healthcare workforce capacity, I have asked the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies to cut through the red tape on licensing our medical professionals so that medical professionals – including pharmacists, nurses, doctors – who are licensed in other states but residing here can be immediately licensed in Colorado as quickly as possible to address this shortage,” the Governor said at the Capitol.

The Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO), which falls under DORA’s umbrella structure, today issued guidance to qualified healthcare practitioners who may not be licensed to practice in Colorado, but can take advantage of current statutory provisions and exemptions in order to immediately enter the workforce and assist in testing, treating, and caring for Colorado patients.

Professions under DPO’s auspices include many in the healthcare fields, including Medical, Dental, Nursing, Pharmacy, and numerous specialties.

Gov. Polis also has directed DPO to remove impediments to licensure for medical professionals from both inside and outside Colorado, allowing for faster insertion into the state’s healthcare workforce and provide the ability to back fill positions, as necessary. The Division plans to release emergency measures aimed at expediting the licensure process for individuals in the healthcare in the coming days.

The Division is also working to implement temporary changes to rules as an emergency action under the Governor’s authority that will expand the ability to test for the Coronavirus via qualified professionals other than doctors and nurses.

“DORA recognizes the need for qualified health care providers to assist in the testing, care, and treatment of Coloradans will only increase in the coming days and weeks,” stated DORA Executive Director Patty Salazar. “These emergency provisions, ordered by Governor Polis, will enable providers from out of state, those not currently practicing – such as retired or semi-retired professionals, or those whose license may have expired to provide much-needed support to our health care system.”

Polis pointed out the importance of not overloading the healthcare system which is already being put to the test. He asked doctors and nurses who aren’t currently in the workforce – having retired, partially retired, or having joined another field, but who are connected to a license that can be reactivated, to contact past employers in case the state reaches surge capacity.

“We need all hands on deck and the full weight of our medical community on this,” he said.

###The Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) is dedicated to preserving the integrity of the marketplace and is committed to promoting a fair and competitive business environment in Colorado. Consumer protection is our mission. Visit www.dora.colorado.gov for more information or call 303-894-7855/toll free 1-800-886-7675.

DORA working to increase available healthcare workforce for Coronavirus response