Assessment and Plans

Department Overview and County Health Update Reports

The department report is to provide an overview of the breadth and reach of programs and services provided to Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas Counties by the Tri-County Health Department. 

Department Assessments and Plans

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 three 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. 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 five years.

Community Health Assessment

Every five years health departments are required to complete a Community Health Assessment (CHA). 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 COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly impacted us all; in order to strategically inform and assist the prioritization of health issues in Arapahoe and Adams Counties, TCHD completed county-specific CHAs ahead of the five-year cycle. 

CHAs allow 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. In 2021-2022, we partnered with community-based organizations in Adams and Arapahoe Counties to engage more meaningfully with community members and partners. 

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. 

We 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 for our diverse jurisdiction comprised of Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas counties. 

Strategic Plan

We initiated planning for a new, six-year Strategic Plan in January 2019. TCHD staff, in coordination with the TCHD Board of Health (BOH) and partners, combined efforts to create the plan. 

The Strategic Plan is the culmination of seven months of activities to determine where we will focus our attention over the next six years to reinforce our mission and advance the agency vision. This work builds off of our previous TCHD Strategic Plan, our 2018 Community Health Assessment, and our 2019-2024 Public Health Improvement Plan.

Metro Denver Partnership for Health Roadmap

We are 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 Denver metro area. 

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. Find more information about the Partnership on the Colorado Health Institute website