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.
Address social, economic, and environmental conditions to ensure that all people in Boulder County have the opportunity for a healthy life.
Under the direction of the Boulder County Boulder County Board of Health (BOH), the department’s staff and numerous volunteers/interns provide services in several BCPH divisions housed within three municipalities to address the diverse public health needs of our community.
The following key principles describe the actions we will take to conduct our public health work in order to make significant and sustainable improvements to health in Boulder County
- Use data and community input to identify factors that significantly impact equity, health, and quality of life. Employ evidence-based strategies and evaluation to inform decisions, assure quality, and demonstrate outcomes in policies and programs.
- Initiate, enhance, and promote efforts to address the social determinants of health to ensure health equity for people in Boulder County. Support community capacity in leadership and organizing that demonstrates collective power to affect change and influence public health programming, policy, and systems change efforts.
- Promote primary prevention and a population-based approach to maximize health impact at the broadest possible level, while intentionally targeting prevention resources toward populations that are experiencing inequities.
- Collaborate across sectors to initiate and strengthen partnerships toward making a collective impact to ensure common goals, shared measurement, coordination of activities, and reduced duplication.
- Clarify appropriate roles of Boulder County Public Health and our partners in the public health system.
- Ensure that people in Boulder County are empowered and equipped to make informed decisions for adopting healthy behaviors.
- Educate and influence 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.
- 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.