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Be Healthy Denver Community Health Matters

Be Healthy Denver imagines a community where all residents are healthy, regardless of their race, ethnicity, income level, or neighborhood in which they live. The initiative is a joint effort between Denver Environmental Health, Denver Public Health, and several partner organizations and individuals throughout the city.

Be Healthy Denver collaborates on two major efforts to improve public health in Denver. These are:

  • Conducting a Community Health Assessment (CHA) to assess the health of Denver residents and measure progress on public health improvement efforts.
  • Developing and implementing a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) to focus and guide citywide public health improvement efforts. 


Be Healthy Denver also participates in ongoing initiatives to improve the health of all Denver residents.

Denver’s current community health assessment (CHA) is the 2014 Health of Denver Report. Published every three years, a CHA measures progress toward improving Denver’s health and identifies areas of health concern. The findings help guide local organizations on where to focus resources and efforts in future years. The 2014 report highlights three themes about Denver’s health:

  • Equity – Differences in health exist between some neighborhoods and demographic groups.
  • Prevention – Many of Denver’s leading causes of death, disease and injury are preventable.
  • Importance of Place – Health is linked to the places where residents live, work, learn and play.

The 2013 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is designed to guide governmental and community-wide efforts to improve the health of Denver residents from 2014 to 2018. Two health priority areas selected by members of the community:

  • Access to Care, including Behavioral Health
  • Healthy  Eating and Active Living, including the Built Environment

CHIP 2015 Annual Report

CHIP 2016-2018 Strategy

2017 Mid-term CHIP Report

Development and implementation of the CHA and CHIP are overseen by the Be Healthy Denver Advisory Council. This advisory council members, appointed by the Mayor of Denver, are high-level stakeholders with an interest in improving the health of Denver residents. The council facilitates citywide alignment with the CHIP action plan, we well as helps to identify funding sources to support these activities.

Advisory Council Members:

  • Alexis Sgouros, Vice President and Business Information Officer, Kaiser Permanente
  • Alok Sarwal, Executive Director, Colorado Alliance for Health Equity and Practice
  • Art Gonzalez, CEO, Denver Health and Hospital Authority
  • Carl Clark, President & CEO, Mental Health Center of Denver
  • Courtney Cuff, CEO, Gill Foundation
  • Gabriel Guillaume, Executive Vice President of Programs and Strategy, LiveWell Colorado
  • Grant Jones, Executive Director, Center for African-American Health
  • Hon. Irene Aguilar, co-chair, State Senator, Denver Health and Hospital Authority
  • James Hill, Director, Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at Univ. of CO
  • Jim Garcia, Executive Director, Clinica Tepeyac
  • John Kirke, President, IMA Financial Group Inc.
  • Judy Montero, City Councilperson, Denver City Council
  • Kaia Gallagher, President, Center for Research Strategies
  • Kraig Burleson, co-chair, Executive Director, Inner City Health Center
  • Marguerite Salazar, Insurance Commissioner, Colorado Division of Insurance
  • Michael Johnson, DPS Board Member, Denver Public Schools
  • Ned Calonge, Executive Director, Colorado Trust
  • Shepard Nevel, Vice President, Colorado Health Foundation
  • Susan Shepherd, City Councilperson, Denver City Council
  • William T. Golson, President, Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance

Be Healthy Denver Advisory Council meetings are held quarterly.  The minutes and meeting materials will be posted here.

All Meeting Agendas and Minutes


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