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Community Health Assessment

In 2014, more than 100 representatives from local health and community organizations were brought together to conduct a community health assessment (CHA) for Denver.

CHAs are conducted every three years to measure progress towards improving Denver’s health. This process identifies areas of concern, and helps guide local organizations on where to focus resources and efforts in the future.

Denver’s most recent CHA, the 2014 Health of Denver Report, identified three themes important to understanding Denver’s community health:

  1. Equity – Differences in health exist between some neighborhood and demographic groups in Denver. These differences show where opportunities exist to work together and improve health in specific areas.
  2. Prevention – Many of Denver’s leading causes of death, disease and injury are preventable.  By focusing on prevention and what happens outside the clinic or hospital, many diseases and injuries can be avoided.
  3. Importance of place – Health is linked to the places where residents live, work, learn and play. Social and economic situations, environmental conditions, personal behaviors, and access to care all play key roles in the overall health of a community.

The 2014 Health of Denver Report acknowledges growing recognition of the need to transform how we view health. Health goes beyond a sole focus on direct medical care, and includes the role of the broader community and environment.

The full report can be viewed here. An executive summary is available in both English and Spanish.  

City Council District Health Data

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District 2
District 3
District 4
District 5
District 6
District 7
District 8
District 9
District 10
District 11

Given the 2015 modification to council districts boundaries, some districts do not align neatly with current census tract boundaries. Information on life expectancy used the old city council district boundaries. For council districts that share a portion of a census tract with another district, we were unable to assign those inhabitants to one or the other district. About 7 percent of the entire population fell in the cross-district areas. Thus, average age, racial/ethnic distribution and median household income were estimated using the 93 percent of the population that resided in census tracts contained within the council district boundary

Downloadable Data


  • Population Pyramid, Denver, 2014  |  Figure  | Data
  • Race/Ethnicity, Denver, 2014  |  Figure  | Data
  • White as Percent of Population, Denver, 2014  | Figure  
  • Black as Percent of Population, Denver, 2014  |  Figure  
  • Hispanic as Percent of Population, Denver, 2014  |  Figure  
  • Other Racial Groups as Percent of Population, Denver, 2014  |  Figure

Focus on Prevention

  • Top 10 Leading Causes of Death, Denver, 2013  |  Figure  | Data
  • Top 10 Leading Causes of Premature Death, Denver, 2013  |  Figure  | Data 
  • Life Expectancy by Gender and Race/Ethnicity, Denver, 2007-2012  |  Figure  | Data

Chronic Diseases

  • Adults Reporting Chronic Disease Risk Factors by Race/Ethnicity, Denver, 2013  |  Figure  | Data 
  • Adults Reporting Chronic Disease Risk Factors by Income, Denver, 2013  |  Figure  | Data
  • Cardiovascular Disease Death Rates by Race/Ethnicity, Denver, 2013  |  Figure  | Data 
  • Death Due to Common Forms of Cancer, Denver, 2004-2013  |  Figure  | Data
  • Obesity in Adults, Denver, 2003-2012  |  Figure  | Data
  • Obesity in Children, Denver, 2013-2014  |  Figure  | Data
  • Childhood Obesity and Poverty, Denver, 2009-2011  |  Figure
  • Childhood Asthma-related Emergency Department Visits, Denver, 2011-2012  |  Figure

Communicable Disease

  • Reported Cases of Vaccine-preventable Disease, Denver, 2011-2013  |  Figure  | Data 
  • Reported Cases of Foodborne and Waterborne Illness, Denver, 2004-2013  |  Figure  | Data
  • HIV Incidence Rate by Race/Ethnicity, Denver, 2013  |  Figure  | Data
  • Hepatitis C-related Deaths, Denver, 2003-2012  |  Figure  | Data


  • Death Rates by Injury Type and Gender, Denver, 2013  |  Figure  | Data 
  • Motor Vehicle Deaths, Denver, 2004-2013  |  Figure  | Data
  • Deaths Due to Suicide, Denver, 2004-2013  |  Figure  | Data
  • Suicide Death Rates by Race/Ethnicity and Gender, Denver, 2004-2013 |  Figure  | Data
  • Suicide Deaths by Method, Denver, 2013  |  Figure  | Data

Mental Health

  • Residents Reporting One or More Days of Poor Mental Health in Past 30 Days by Race/Ethnicity and Income  |  Figure  | Data

Sexual Health

  • Teen Birth Rates (ages 15-19) at Local, State and National Levels, Denver, 2004-2013  |  Figure  | Data 
  • Teen Birth Rates by Race/Ethnicity, Denver, 2004-2013  |  Figure  | Data 
  • Publicly-funded Clinics Providing Reproductive Health Services, Denver, 2014  |  Figure  

Access to Care

  • Uninsured Prior to Coverage Expansion by Demographic, Denver, 2013  |  Figure  Data 
  • Uninsured Prior to Coverage Expansion by Neighborhood, Denver, 2008-2012  |  Figure 
  • Access to Care Indicators Prior to Coverage Expansion, Denver, 2013  |  Figure  | Data
  • Mental Health Care Issues by Race/Ethnicity, Denver, 2013  |  Figure  | Data 
  • HIV Continuum: From Infection to Effective Care, Denver, January 2010-October 2014  |  Figure  | Data


Behaviors and Conditions

  • Smoking Rates among Adults, Denver, 2011-2012  |  Figure  | Data
  • Smoking Rates among Young Adults (ages 18-24) by Ever or Current Smoking  HIV Continuum: From Infection to Effective Care, Denver, January 2010-October 2014  |  Figure  | Data
  • Smoking Rates among Young Adults (ages 18-24) by Straight to Work or Student  HIV Continuum: From Infection to Effective Care, Denver, January 2010-October 2014  |  Figure  | Data
  • Comorbid Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders among 14 to 18-year-olds in Treatment Programs, Denver, 2009-2013   |  Figure  Data
  • Hospital Admissions and Emergency Department Visits by Substance, Denver, 2001-2012  |  Figure  | Data
  • HPV Vaccination Rates, Denver, 2014  | Figure    
  • Students Who Were Bullied on School Property During the Past 12 Months, Denver, 2013  |  Figure  | Data
  • Birth Control Method Used at Last sexual Experience among Students Who Had Sexual Intercourse in the Past Three Months, Denver, 2013|  Figure  | Data
  • Soda Consumption and Physical Activity in Children, Denver, 2013  |  Figure  | Data


Social, Environmental and Economic Factors

  • Areas with Increased Likelihood of Food Insecurity, Denver, 2014 |  Figure 
  • Neighborhood Walkability, Denver, 2014  |  Figure  
  • Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels, Denver, 2012  |  Figure  
  • Good or Fair Visibility Trends, Denver, 2004-2013  |  Figure  | Data
  • Individuals in Poverty, Denver, 2008-2012  |  Figure 
  • Adult Educational Attainment, Denver, 2008-2012  |  Figure  | Data
  • Adults without a High School Degree, Denver, 2008-2012  |  Figure

  • Denver Neighborhoods, Denver, 2014  |  Figure
  • Partners in Health  |  Figure
  • Factors Influencing Health |  Figure
  • Factors Influencing Cardiovascular Disease |  Figure 
  • Transforming Health: Health Happens Everywhere  |  Figure


  • American Community Survey (ACS) - is an annual national survey. The U.S. Census Bureau conducts it, and samples randomly selected American households. The survey provides current information on communities and families to plan investments and services.
  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) - an annual national survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A random selection of Denver County adults (18 and over) is interviewed by telephone, and participation is voluntary and anonymous.
  • Center for Antisocial Drug Dependence - The center was developed to study genetic influences on and treatment of antisocial drug dependence, which is substance dependence combined with conduct disorder. The Center is a collaboration between the University of Colorado Boulder and Anschutz Medical campuses.
  • Colorado Tobacco Attitudes and Behaviors Survey (TABS) - a survey of randomly selected Colorado adults administered every 3-4 years. The survey provides data for an ongoing understanding of chronic disease and health risks among Colorado adults. The survey is administered by the Colorado School of Public Health’s Community Epidemiology and Program Evaluation Group. Previous years have focused specifically on tobacco use, but the 2012 survey expanded to include other measures of health outcomes and behaviors.
  • Colorado BMI Registry Project - a collaborative effort to assess and monitor childhood and adult obesity. The system combines clinically measured body-mass index (BMI) data collected from multiple Colorado health care delivery systems. Data is pulled from the electronic medical record of each system, geocoded, and combined into one database managed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Air Pollution Control Division - provides resources on motor vehicle emissions, lead-based paint, indoor air quality, indoor burning, and outdoor burning. The Division also provides services to businesses and industry on permits, inspections, and enforcement.
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Prevention Services Division - strives to improve the health and wellbeing of all Coloradans through health promotion, public health prevention programs and assuring access to health care.
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Health Statistics Section - tracks birth and death certificates which encompass vital statistics. All Denver deaths and births are included in these data.
  • Colorado Electronic Disease Reporting System (CEDRS) - a secure Web-based disease reporting system. The system is used to fulfill statutory requirements for collecting, tabulating, and reporting communicable diseases designated by the Colorado Board of Health.
  • Colorado Health Access Survey (CHAS) - a survey conducted by the Colorado Health Institute addressing issues of health care coverage, attitudes, access, and use in Colorado. A random selection of more than 10,000 households across the state is surveyed by telephone every two years.
  • Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) - the leading voice of the state’s hospital community of over 95 hospitals and health systems in Colorado. CHA collects emergency department and inpatient admission and discharge data and serves as a credible resource for health and health care utilization issues and trends.
  • Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS) - a computerized immunization tracking system operated by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The system helps healthcare providers, schools, daycare, universities, employers and individuals keep track of immunizations.
  • City of Denver, Department of Community Planning and Development (CPD) - responsible for visionary planning and ensuring safe, responsible, sustainable building for the City and County of Denver.
  • City of Denver, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) - responsible for providing environmental oversight and management, as well as public health promotion and outreach for the City and County of Denver.
  • Denver Health and Hospital Authority (DHHA) - is Colorado’s primary “safety net” institution, providing care for the uninsured and underinsured. Twenty-five percent of all Denver residents receive their health care at Denver Health.
  • Denver Public Schools (DPS) - serves the residents of the City and County of Denver. DPS is committed to making Denver a national leader in student achievement, high school graduation, college and career preparation, and college matriculation. DPS collects and analyzes student data related to a variety of health and wellness issues.
  • Esri - supplies Geographic Information System (GIS) software, web GIS and geodatabase management applications. Esri's demographics provide accurate current-year estimates and 5-year projections of U.S. demographic population, households, income, and housing data.
  • Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) - Endorsed by the Colorado Department of Education, the HKCS is administered statewide every two years. The survey provides information on the health and well-being of Denver’s youth, and is administered to a random selection of students in grades 6-12.
  • Healthy People 2020 - Healthy People 2020 are a set of measurable disease prevention and health promotion objectives developed by experts in a wide variety of topics related to health. The national objectives are to be achieved by 2020.
  • HIV/AIDS Reporting System - a secure Web-based HIV/AIDS surveillance system at the state and local health departments. The health departments submit de-identified information electronically to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on a monthly basis.

The Health of Denver, 2011, available in English and Spanish, was the former CHA that informed the development of the Commnity Health Improvement Plan priority areas for Denver.

 Sections of the report are available by topic area:


Health information for each city council district: