Tri-County Health Department's recent planning efforts:
In 2008, Colorado's Public Health Act (C.R.S. 25-1-505) was signed into law. It specifically designated public health functions for health departments in Colorado, and subsequent resolutions from each of the 3 Boards of County Commissioners designated TCHD as their local public health agency (LPHA) and re-authorized the Department as it is today. In addition, on Oct. 19, 2011, the Colorado State Board of Health passed the Core Public Health Services – New Rule (PDF). This rule requires each LPHA to deliver or assure that core public health services are provided to the community and it also requires the agency to complete a Public Health Improvement Planning process every 5 years.
Community Health Assessment
Every five years, Tri-County completes a Community Health Assessment. The assessment provides an overview of the current health status of our counties in order to strategically inform and prioritize the health issues we address, with our local partners, as your health department. The Health Assessment allows us to learn about the community: the health of the population, factors contributing to higher health risks or poorer health outcomes of identified populations, and community assets and resources that can improve population health. Input from the community, stakeholders and partners is a critical part of building the CHA.
- Download the draft Community Health Assessment (PDF)
- Download the draft Community Health Assessment Executive Summary (PDF)
The 2018 Community Health Assessment will help inform our 2018 Public Health Improvement Plan later this year.
Public Health Improvement Plan
The statute directed each local health department to conduct assessments of community health and of local public health capacity and use the results of the assessments to develop a five-year local Public Health Improvement Plan that engages community partners in improving the health of their communities. Tri-County Health Department conducted the process of developing this plan in accordance with state guidelines during 2013. This document represents the results of the public health improvement planning process led by Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) for its' diverse jurisdiction comprised of Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas Counties. Download the Public Health Improvement Plan (PDF)
In 2014 TCHD staff in coordination with the TCHD Board of Health (BOH) initiated a strategic planning process to:
- Align the organization around a shared vision of an approach to operating a local public health agency in a rapidly changing local, state and national environment;
- Align TCHD staff, leadership and Board of Health efforts around priorities and strategies to accomplish that vision; to better understand and respond to changes driven by the Affordable Care Act;
- Prepare the organization for possible Public Health Accreditation efforts.
The plan is intended to help TCHD maintain excellence in carrying out core public health functions and to address emerging health priorities over the next 3-5 years. Download the Strategic Plan (PDF)
Metro Denver Partnership for Health Roadmap
Tri-County Health Department is a member of the Metro Denver Partnership for Health, a collaboration among the public health agencies serving the seven-county Denver metropolitan region made up of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson Counties. Nearly 3 million Coloradans, 60 percent of the state's population, live in the Metro region. The Partnership collaborates with regional leaders in health care, human services, behavioral health, environment, philanthropy, education, business, local government and others to achieve its' goals of advancing health equity across the region. In 2016, the Partnership identified four priority areas of focus including data sharing, healthy eating and active living, behavioral health and partner alignment and formalized its' approach to collaboration in the Metro Denver Partnership for Health Roadmap (PDF).
In 2017, the Partnership outlined planned activities for the year in each of the four primary areas and added a fifth priority area, Environmental Health, with a particular focus on Climate Change. 2017 Update (PDF).