State Assessment and Planning

Colorado's Current Public Health Improvement Plan

Every five years, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment works with partners from across the state to assess how Colorado is doing related to health and environment. The resulting community health assessment (CHA) and public health improvement plan (PHIP) are required by both the 2008 Public Health Act and the national Public Health Accreditation Board

To learn more about the process for statewide assessment and planning, see the timeline linked below. The Assessment and Planning Timeline also provides links to the roadmap and guiding principles that were created with input from CDPHE staff and partners. 

Colorado's 2018 Community Health Assessment (CHA):

Citation guidance:
To cite any of the data used in this summary, please cite the primary source. Access the Assessment Data Dashboard (above) to dig deeper into the data and sources.
For general citation: Braga, A., Bui, A., Dillon, A., and Dyett, A. (2019). Colorado's Story: 2018 Public Health and Environmental Assessment Summary. Denver, CO: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Colorado's 2020-2024 Public Health Improvement Plan (PHIP): 

  • The final development and initial release of the current PHIP were put on hold due to COVID. It will be released early 2022. Check back soon for more information! 

Colorado Assessment and Planning Advisory Council

Community-driven assessment and planning is a best practice and is critical to effectively improving the health and well-being of Coloradans. A multi-sectoral group of diverse, creative, dedicated individuals is necessary to guide the process towards completing an assessment and developing a plan. Colorado's Assessment and Planning Advisory Council (APAC), formerly called the Public Health Improvement Steering Committee (PHISC) is a group of members from a variety of sectors and Colorado communities. The APAC's purpose is to 1. advise CDPHE on how to develop and implement an effective assessment and planning process and 2. approve the final assessment and plan. Below, you can find more information on the APAC's work in the 2018-2019 planning process. 

Interested in being involved in Colorado's 2023-2024 Public Health and Environmental Assessment?

Check back in Fall 2022 for application information! 

Group photo of the Colorado Assessment and Planning Advisory Council from July of 2019