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Healthy Boulder County

Public Health Improvement Process (PHIP)

Working Together for a Healthy Boulder County

Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) is committed to enhancing the health and well-being of all people and the environment in Boulder County. We do this work daily with our partners through our programs and interventions.

In addition to this work we have partnered with the community, as part of our Public Health Improvement Process, to identify and prioritize the most pressing health issues affecting our community. Community partners and stakeholders identified three specific areas of strategic focus to improve the health of our county over the next five years. The three focus areas were prioritized from over 40 key health issues using local health data and by assessing the magnitude, severity, and actionability of each issue.

Focus Areas

  • Increasing healthy eating & active living
    • Improving the health and reducing obesity of children aged 0–17
  • Improving mental health (including depression and suicide)
    • Reduce suicide
    • Reduce post-partum depression
    • Improve early childhood social and emotional development
  • Reducing substance abuse
    • Reduce marijuana use
    • Reduce prescription drugs abuse
    • Reduce alcohol use

A complete review of the process to date, including details about models and frameworks, assessments, prioritization, and evaluation is detailed in the Public Health Improvement in Boulder County report.

Public Health Improvement Process Guiding Principles

The impetus for selecting only three priority areas for the Public Health Improvement Process was to allow the community and BCPH to dive deep into key issues to make impactful change.

Collective Impact

The process is guided by Collective Impact principles which have been used nationally to significantly improve important community outcomes such as increasing high school graduation rates, reducing youth substance abuse, and increasing physical activity among youth. The term, coined by Mark Kramer and John Kania, is also considered an important approach by the White House Council for Community Solutions.

Health Equity

Health equity is integral to the Public Health Improvement Process. The process prioritizes indicators, interventions, strategies, and goals to improve health among those most impacted by specific health issues.

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