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Community & Behavioral Health
is focused on providing Denver with the resources and education that delivers the benefits of good health to each citizen. Here you will find programs and initiatives that ensure a better quality of life for everyone in the city and county of Denver. This includes Denver HIV ResourcesHealth Impact AssessmentsSubstance Misuse and Overdose Prevention, Tobacco Legislation and Enforcement, and Healthy Corner Stores programs.

The health of a community depends on more than access to health care. Healthy communities are composed of our physical environment, healthy opportunities, support, and where individuals easily connect with community partners, healthy food systems, and safe environments. Increased access to these items allows individuals of a healthy community to thrive.

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CityHealth, an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente, just announced their new 2019 city policy ratings for the 40 largest U.S. cities, and Denver won a SILVER medal! To learn more about how we performed across the 9 evidence-based policies, view the annual report.  

National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) is coming to the Denver Metro Area in 2019

The NSDUH is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Conducted annually, the NSDUH is the primary source of national and state-level data concerning alcohol, tobacco, and drug use. Information from this study is used by government agencies, policy makers, and researchers to monitor substance abuse trends and design and support prevention, treatment, and education programs. 

  • All information provided is kept completely confidential and used for statistical purposes only in compliance with the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002 (CIPSEA).
  • A limited number of household addresses are randomly selected to represent the population of the United States.
  • Residents will be sent a letter explaining the study and informing them that an RTI interviewer will soon be visiting their household.
  • The interviewer will only visit the selected households and need a few minutes of the residents’ time to see if someone in the household will be selected to participate in an interview. If selected, those completing the full interview will receive a $30 cash incentive.

For additional information about the NSDUH, check out the Question and Answer Brochure and the Frequently Asked Questions Document.

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Management Team
  • Lisa Straight, Division Director
  • Candy Romero, Executive Assistant
  • Robert George, Manager, Office of HIV resources
  • Jeff Holliday, Manager, Office of Behavioral Health Strategies
  • Tristan Sanders,  Manager, Health Promotion

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