Boulder County is a socially just, inclusive community where physical and mental health, social well-being, and the environment are valued, supported, and accessible to all.
Boulder County Public Health shall protect, promote, and enhance the health and well-being of all people and the
environment in Boulder County.
Under the direction of the Boulder County Boulder County Board of Health (BOH), the department’s 200+ staff and numerous volunteers/interns provide services in several BCPH divisions housed within six sites to address the diverse public health needs of our community.
In the next five years, Boulder County Public Health will align the organization in a common, effective approach to public health practice by systematically shifting programming and activities to incorporate the concepts of the guiding principles; specifically, collective impact, social determinants of health, and population-based practice.
To successfully align and shift our programming towards our strategic direction, Boulder County Public Health must…
- Engage in thorough population health assessment and planning activities to prioritize health issues and determine agency role in addressing these issues.
- Enhance staff competency to implement population-based and collective impact strategies and promote practices to advance health equity.
- Assure the agency has adequate resources (such as funding, staffing, facilities) to implement the strategic plan.
Over the next five years and beyond, the following nine key principles will serve as the unique “lens” through which we assess community issues, define the public health role in addressing those issues, and work to make significant and sustainable improvements to health in Boulder County. Boulder County Public Health will use these principles to guide our planning and decision making.
- Examine data to identify issues and factors that significantly impact population health and contribute to morbidity, mortality, and loss of quality of life for people in Boulder County. Utilize data and evidence-based
strategies to inform decisions, assure quality, and demonstrate outcomes in policies and programs.
- Promote primary prevention and a population-based approach to maximize health impact at the broadest possible level.
- Initiate, enhance, and promote efforts to address the social determinants of health to ensure health equity for people in Boulder County, and engage impacted populations to have a voice in shaping public health efforts.
- Initiate and strengthen partnerships toward making a collective impact, including identifying a shared vision for change and setting common goals, establishing common data measurements for success, ensuring activities are mutually reinforcing, building the necessary infrastructure for success, and maintaining consistent and open communication.
- Support the development of community capacity to provide coordinated services and avoid duplication of effort. Clarify appropriate roles of Boulder County Public Health and our partners in the public health system.
- Ensure people in Boulder County are empowered and equipped to make informed decisions to adopt healthy behaviors.
- Educate and inform policy-makers so they are able to set policies that protect and enhance the health of individuals, families, communities, and the environment.
- Implement strategies in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.
- Integrate assessment, planning, and interventions across programs and divisions.
- Monitor the health status of the population and the environment, and identify community health problems.
- Prevent and control the spread of communicable disease.
- Promote positive health behaviors and environmental practices.
- Mobilize community partnerships to solve identified health problems.
- Enforce laws and regulations that protect the health of the public and the environment.
- Counsel and support high-risk children, youth, and families.
- Assure access and provide linkages to personal health services.
- Provide alcohol and drug treatment services.
- Develop policies that support and protect the health of the community and the environment.
Metro Denver Partnership for Health
Boulder County Public Health 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.