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.
2017 Assessment Goals
- Complete the community health profile, informed by community voice and existing public health data
- Engage community members, especially those experiencing inequities, to hear their voices and include them in assessment decision-making
- Select one health-linked priority area, informed by community input, public health data and PHIP executive leadership, for focus by the next public health improvement plan (PHIP)
Opportunities to Provide Input
Members of the public are invited to help select a health priority for action. The area selected will receive increased resources from Boulder County Public Health throughout 2018-2020. If you’re interested in hearing about opportunities to help select the health focus area for Boulder County for the next three years, please provide your contact details below.
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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