Denver's Department of Public Health and 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 sustainable environment. Our mission is to create a city with a world class environment and healthy communities for all ages and incomes, and where the well-being of our pets also matters.
DDPHE works to improve health and well being through the Office of HIV Resources, Office of the Medical Examiner, Community Health Improvement Plan and partnerships with the Denver Health and Hospital Authority.
DDPHE provides education, outreach and inspections to help ensure healthy places. This includes monitoring more than 4,000 food retailers, and 700 child care establishments. DDPHE also responds to and investigates complaints regarding hospitals, body art establishments, residential facilities, swimming pools and suspected public health outbreaks.
DDPHE provides education, outreach, and programs designed to protect and improve the environment. This includes regular inspections and complaint responses related to air quality, water, noise, odor, hazardous waste, lead and other environmental matters.
Through Animal Protection, DDPHE offers education and services to help ensure healthy people and pets. This includes pet adoptions, redemption,vaccinations, spay and neuter services, and pet licenses.
Animal Protection also investigates complaints regarding lost and abandoned animal, cruelty, barking dogs, animals at large, dog bites and other issues related to domestic animals.
Through the Climate Action Plan, Energize Denver and other programs DDPHE works with partners to conserve energy, reduce greenhouse gasses and promote sustainability.
Denver Public Health & Environment partners with Denver Public Health to provide services related to birth and death certificates, clinical care, and educatinal opportunities, among others.
Denver 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 percent 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.