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Denver Promoted to “Silver Medal” Status in the CityHealth Annual Policy Assessment

Tobacco 21 representative of Denver’s commitment to healthy communities

A new report from CityHealth, an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente, announced that Denver is among the U.S. cities making considerable strides in adopting policies that improve health and quality of life.

CityHealth regularly evaluates cities on the number and strength of their policies that advance health and well-being using Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals. Denver is one of six cities across the country that improved their overall medal scores by moving from Bronze to Silver status.

In the areas assessed country-wide by CityHealth, an overall total of 35 new policy advances occurred since the last annual report was published, impacting over 22 million lives. In Denver and in many cities across the country, reforms occurred in the area of tobacco and e-cigarette regulation in the wake of new concerns about the safety of those products, especially for youth. Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock signed a bill raising the tobacco/nicotine product purchase age from 18 to 21 into law on Oct. 1, 2019.

The CityHealth rankings show that Denver leaders are delivering results that can make their residents safer, healthier, and more productive.

“By focusing on policies that improve equity, well-being and quality of life, we are building resiliency in our communities and contributing to healthier lives,” said Mayor Hancock. “I am proud that CityHealth is recognizing Denver for our thoughtful policy work, and I thank our dedicated city employees who are working to implement these policies.”

The Mile High City received Gold Medal status in the areas of Tobacco 21, Smoke-Free Indoor Air, and Safer Alcohol Sales; Silver Medal status in the areas of Complete Streets and Healthy Food Procurement; and Bronze Medal status in Affordable Housing/Inclusionary Zoning and High-quality, Accessible Pre-Kindergarten. Read a full overview of Denver’s assessment.

“We are proud to have made such remarkable progress as a health-positive city,” said Robert McDonald, Executive Director of the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) and Public Health Administrator for the City of Denver. “While we have made significant strides, we acknowledge that the work must continue to give every resident an equitable chance for a healthier, more vibrant life.