Be Healthy Denver
Be Healthy Denver imagines a community where all residents are healthy, regardless of their race, ethnicity, income level, or neighborhood in which they live. The initiative is a joint effort between Denver Environmental Health, Denver Public Health, and several partner organizations and individuals throughout the city, visit BeHealthyDenver.org to learn more. Be Healthy Denver collaborates on two major efforts to improve public health in Denver. These are:
1. Conducting a Community Health Assessment (CHA).
Published every three years, a CHA measures progress toward improving Denver’s health and identifies areas of health concern. The findings help guide local organizations on where to focus resources and efforts in future years.
The 2014 Health of Denver Report
highlights three themes about Denver’s health:
- Equity – Differences in health exist between some neighborhoods and demographic groups.
- Prevention – Many of Denver’s leading causes of death, disease and injury are preventable.
- Importance of Place – Health is linked to the places where residents live, work, learn and play.
Be Healthy Denver also publishes the City Council District Reports every three years to segment and expand upon data from the CHA. These reports focus on health issues at the district level in four public health priority areas: life expectancy, tobacco use, childhood obesity and mental health.
2. Developing and implementing a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) to focus and guide citywide public health improvement efforts. A CHIP is designed to guide governmental and community-wide efforts to improve the health of Denver residents from 2014 to 2018. Two health priority areas selected by members of the community:
- Access to Care, including Behavioral Health
- Healthy Eating and Active Living, including the Built Environment
Be Healthy Denver also participates in ongoing initiatives to improve the health of all Denver residents.