Youth partnership for health


The Youth Partnership for Health (YPH) is a youth advisory council for state, local and community stakeholders. Members of the council provide feedback and recommendations to CDPHE and it's partners programs and initiatives. The Youth Partnership for Health is coordinated by MCH staff and continues to receive financial support from numerous CDPHE programs, including state-funded tobacco and marijuana programs, to sustain this mechanism for soliciting youth input. 

Join YPH

YPH meetings are held mostly virtual with some options for in-person meetings. Members meet one Saturday per month from September to May. All members are given a stipend of $30/hour and receive reimbursement for travel to meetings.

YPH applications

YPH participation

Participation in the YPH council provides opportunities to: 

  • develop leadership skills
  • increase your knowledge of various health topics
  • engage in meaningful ways to have your unique voice be heard

Who is YPH?

  • Members range in age from 13 to 19, and represent urban, mountain, and rural experiences, varying sexual and gender identities, both native and immigrant experiences, as well as different races and ethnicities. 
  • YPH members are selected for their unique experiences that serve as a foundation from which they can provide open and honest feedback.
  • Members of YPH are passionate about the health and well-being of youth, as well as being a catalyst for improving outcomes for all young people statewide.
  • Learn more from the YPH Health flyer

About YPH

The YPH council was started in 2000 and continues to be supported by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Youth consultants on this council provide feedback and suggestions to state and community partners who are working to positively impact the lives of Colorado's youth.

Interested in presenting?

To attend a meeting or learn more, please fill out an interest form or email Adelina Parral,  MCH Community Inclusion Specialist at adelina.parral@state.co.us.

Past YPH Presenters

Partners that have utilized the expertise of YPH include:

  • Children’s Hospital of Colorado
  • SCL Health
  • University of Colorado Health
  • CDPHE Maternal Mortality Prevention Program
  • Peer Assistant Services - SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment and Other Services) Program
  • EEqual - Non-profit Organization
  • CDPHE Child Fatality Review Program
  • CDPHE Breastfeeding Program
  • CDPHE Suicide Prevention Program
  • Child Protection Ombudsman of Colorado
  • MCH Prosocial Connection Priority Team
  • CDPHE School-Based Health Center Program
  • Denver Public Health Colorado Young Drivers Alliance - Youth Workgroup