About Us

Denver's Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) is dedicated to advancing Denver's environmental and public health goals. DDPHE works collaboratively with city, state and community partners to conduct education, community engagement, and enforcement to ensure healthy people, healthy pets, and a healthy environment.

Mission Statement

Empowering Denver’s Communities to Live Better, Longer

We do this by providing people with opportunities that support their well-being and by improving services that enrich our community.

Vision Statement

To be the best public health department in the country

We must address bias, inequity, and access by working together to build the public health system of the future.

Culture Statement

We foster an inclusive culture by respecting the values, customs, and authenticity of everyone, and by implementing equitable public health strategies so Denver communities can thrive.

Management Team

  • Bob McDonald - Executive Director
  • Ann Cecchine-Williams - Deputy Executive Director
  • Alice Nightengale - Deputy Director
  • Melanie Sobel - Director, Animal Protection
  • Emily Williams - Director, Communications & Marketing
  • Tristan Sanders - Director, Community & Behavioral Health Division
  • Gregg Thomas - Director, Environmental Quality Division
  • James Caruso - Director, Office of the Medical Examiner
  • Danica Lee - Director, Public Health Investigations Division 
  • Meggan Parezo - Director, Shared Services & Business Operations

Published Rules & Regulations


Our Partners

Public Health Institute at Denver Health

Denver Department of Public Health & Environment partners with Public Health Institute at Denver Health to provide clinical care and educational opportunities to Denver residents. 

Metro Denver Partnership for Health

Denver Department of Public Health & Environment 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% 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 Roadmap.

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