Tri-County Health Department’s 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. 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, we 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 CHA 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. The 2018 Community Health Assessment helps to inform our 2018 Public Health Improvement Plan.
- 2018 Community Health Assessment | Executive Summary
- 2021 Community Health Update: Adams | Arapahoe | Douglas
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.
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 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.
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.