What is CDPHE doing to improve Colorado?
Colorado’s Public & Environmental Health Improvement Plan
CDPHE's Public Health Improvement Plan provides a roadmap through 2024 on key issues such as pandemic response, health equity, improving air quality, mental health, and other priorities. This plan outlines an overarching direction across the governmental public health system with the intent to work with additional partners and communities to move these priorities forward.
2023-2026 Strategic Plan
CDPHE spent more than a year working on its 2023-2026 strategic plan, which is designed to guide our ongoing work to advance Colorado’s health and protect the places where we live, learn, work, and play. More than 170 CDPHE employees participated in facilitated sessions to shape the plan, which touches on every element of the department’s work.
Overdose prevention efforts
CDPHE receives funding from CDC and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, to address drug overdose. We work closely with other federal, state, and local partners to conduct public health surveillance of the drug overdose epidemic and support prevention in opioid misuse and overdose by using existing data to inform evidence-based public health approaches.
Office of Gun Violence Prevention
Created by HB21- 1299, the Office of Gun Violence Prevention is a new office in CDPHE that will coordinate and promote effective strategies to reduce gun violence in our state. CDPHE is establishing the office now and will update information as soon as it becomes available.
Ozone and your health
Colorado can experience higher ozone pollution levels any time, but most frequently during summer months. This is because ground-level ozone pollution forms when certain air pollutants react in heat and sunlight. The Air Pollution Control Division issues daily ozone pollution forecasts for Colorado's north Front Range from May 31 - August 31 each year, so Coloradans have the necessary information to plan ahead and make informed decisions.
CDPHE abides by federal and state environmental and public health laws in providing members of the public with an opportunity to participate in CDPHE decision-making processes. Individuals with limited English proficiency are entitled to equal opportunity and meaningful access to programs, activities, services, and other CDPHE benefits. This model promotes health equity and environmental justice by providing access to programs and services to all Coloradans.
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Responsibility grows here
CDPHE provides education, public awareness, and prevention messages for retail marijuana in order to ensure all Colorado residents and visitors understand the parameters of safe, legal, and responsible use. To reach this goal the Retail Marijuana Education Program (RMEP) has focused on statewide public education campaigns and community-based education programs.
Birth, death, marriage, and adoption
Vital records, including birth, death, adoption, marriage and divorce, are confidential per Colorado state statute (C.R.S. 25-2-117). As a result, Colorado vital records are not public records and therefore not searchable online. Vital records can only be released to those who are eligible.