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Denver Healthy People 2020

Denver Healthy People 2020 organizes collaborative partnerships dedicated to making Denver a healthy place for all. The initiative, launched in 2001 as Denver Healthy People 2010 by the Denver Department Public Health and Environment, outlined a set of guiding principles for building a healthier community in the report Healthy Denver 2010 - What We Know.

Denver Healthy People works by blending partnerships, best practices and health promotion to build actions for change. Starting in 2001 Denver Healthy People engaged residents and over 100 organizations in the Denver area to create the following list of six recommendations for improving the health of Denver residents. We encourage their use by health leaders and their partners and use them to guide our initiatives.

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Denver Healthy People 2010: Analysis of Perceived Progress PDF
- A Capstone project completed by Annie Jean Sanko for her master’s degree from the University of Colorado Denver, School of Public Affairs. July 26, 2010. This report explores the progress made among the Denver Healthy People key recommendations within the community at large since 2003 as perceived by health and community leaders in Denver and Colorado.

Grocery Initiative Report PDF : Healthy Food for All: Encouraging Grocery Investment in Colorado

Grocery Initiative Report CoverToo many Coloradoans lack sufficient access to fresh, nutritious food. There are too few supermarkets and grocery stores in many areas throughout Colorado, including numerous low-income neighborhoods in Denver. The resulting lack of nutritious, affordable food imposes a significant toll on many of our communities, and undermines the health and well-being of children and families.

For this reason, the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment Denver Healthy People Program convened the Denver Food Access Task Force to identify ways to improve the quality and amount of affordable and nutritious food in parts of Denver with the greatest need. The task force includes representatives of the state’s major grocers, economic development professionals and food security advocates. The group presents recommendations for public policies that will improve the availability of affordable and nutritious food in underserved regions through the development of new supermarkets and food stores.

Grocery store development not only promotes health, but also offers economic benefits bringing dollars and jobs to our neediest neighborhoods. Economic development, jobs and health—results we can reach together through healthy food retail development!

Denver Healthy Food Access Initiative

The Denver Food Access Initiative grew out of advocacy for grocery stores carried out under the the Park Hill Thriving Communities Initiative. When efforts at the neighborhood level were unsuccessful in securing a grocery store for Park Hill, partners recognized that in order to move forward we needed to set policy that encouraged grocery retail development in Denver's needy communities. Denver Healthy People created a new partnership with The Food Trust, funded by the Colorado Health Foundation, to find innovative ways for encouraging healthy food retail development in Denver. The goal is to eliminate "food deserts" and increase access to grocery stores for all of Denver’s residents. The effort is based on successes across the country that have been led by The Food Trust.

The Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council


The Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council’s (DSFPC) vision is to support a local food system that provides good, clean, fair food for all.


The Denver DSFPC influences policy that fosters food security for all community members, and promotes a healthy, equitable, and sustainable local food system, with consideration for economic vitality and environmental impact.


The purpose of the Denver DSFPC is to build the capacity of local food policy bodies to find common ground on policy priorities, generate public support for those policies, educate policymakers on issues in our food system, and advocate for food systems that reflect the needs of all of its communities.

For more information, visit the Sustainable Food Policy Council we page. 

The following organizations are committed to the Denver Healthy People 2020 initiative and offer a variety of strengths and talents to address the health of Denver:

9 News Health Fair
Active Living Partnership Stapleton
Asian Pacific Development Center
Board of Environmental Health
Brother Jeff Community Health Initiative
Caring for Colorado
Catholic Charities
Center for Human Investment Policy University of Co. Health Sciences Ctr.
Central Colorado Area Health Education Center
Clinica Tepeyac
CO Fiscal Policy Institute
CO Foundation for Medical Care
Cole Neighborhood Association
Colorado AIDS Project
CO Asian Health Education and Promotion
Colorado Consumer Health Initiative
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment: COPAN and Health Statistics
Colorado Fitness & Wellness
Colorado GLBT Center
Colorado On The Move
Colorado Progressive Coalition
Colorado Trust
Colorado State University Cooperative Extension - Denver Extension
Denison Memorial Library, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Denver Area Labor Federation
Denver Commission on Aging
Denver Dept of Public Safety
Denver Department of Public Health and Environment
Denver Great Kids Head Start (DGKHS)
Denver Health & Hospital Authority
Denver Human Rights & Community Relations
Denver Indian Family Resource Center
Denver Mayor's Office of Education and Children
Denver Mayor's Office of HIV Resources
Denver Medical Society
Denver Public Library
Denver Public Schools
Denver University & Institute for Cultural Affairs
Denver Women's Commission
Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights and Public Health Svc - Region 8
Family Integrated Community Health Services
Feet First
Full Circle Intergenerational Project
Health Think Consulting
Hepatitis C Connection
Housing & Neighborhood Development Services
Inner City Health Center
Kaiser Permanente
Latino(a) Research & Policy Center
Livable Communities Support Center
Macedonia Baptist Church
Making Connections
Mental Health Center of Denver
Metro Black Church Initiative
Metro Organizations for People
Mile High United Way
National Jewish Medical & Research Ctr.
Northeast Denver Housing Center
Office of Drug Strategies, City and County of Denver
OMNI Regional Prevention Consultant
Parent-People United for Families
Philips Preparatory School
Piton Foundation
PLCO Cancer Screening Trial
Public Works
Reft Institute Inc.
Regional Institute for Health & Environmental Leadership
Regis University
Rocky Mountain Stroke Association
Rose Community Foundation
Senior Answers & Services
St Anthony’s Hospital
St. Martin Plaza/Humboldt Apts
The Adams Group
Turning Point Initiative
U.S. Public Health Service Office of Women's Health
University of Northern Colorado
University of Colorado Hospital
Visiting Nurse Association
Wild Oats Fitness Fair



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