Public Health Improvement Process (PHIP)
Working Together for a Healthy Boulder County
Since 2011 we have partnered with community members and agencies to identify and prioritize the most pressing health issues affecting our community. Partners and stakeholders identified three specific areas of focus to improve the health of our county. 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. This process is led by representatives from various community agencies, organizations, and membership groups.
Every five years, each local public health agency in Colorado uses data to examine the health of the community they serve and identifies solutions to address the important health issues found in the assessment.
This year, Boulder County Public Health has embarked on a thorough assessment of the health of our county’s residents. The assessment results will include a community health profile and a review of existing county health data, input from residents, and a prioritization process. To provide input, learn more, or be involved, please complete the form below.
Opportunity to Vote
Join your neighbors and community leaders to choose the top priority for improving health in Boulder County:
- Improving mental health; or
- Increasing access to healthy housing.
Two Ways to Vote
- Attend the live community discussion
Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Boulder County St. Vrain Community Hub, First Floor, Room 112, 515 Coffman St., Longmont
Refreshments and childcare provided
- Vote online (coming soon)
2012 – 2017 Public Health Improvement Process Focus Areas
Programs and projects to improve health in these focus areas are led by a multi-disciplinary team of experts, agency representatives, and people impacted by this health area. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
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 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.
Health Improvement Efforts Across the State & Nation
- The State of Health: Colorado’s Commitment to Become the Healthiest State
- Healthy Colorado: Shaping a State of Health: Colorado’s Plan for Improving Health and the Environment 2015-2019
- Colorado’s Community Health Assessment & Planning Process
- Colorado Network of Health Alliances
- Healthy People 2020: US Health Indicators
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: County Health Rankings
The Public Health Improvement Process is a community effort. Join us!
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