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Denver Public Health Awarded $8.9 Million in Grants to Promote Population-Level Health

Denver Public Health recently announced it received more than $8.9 million in grant funding from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Amendment 35 grant program to address cancer, childhood obesity, and tobacco use and exposure in and around the Denver metro area. What makes these projects unique is that they are built on the power of collaboration and will be completed with multiple local public health organizations and partners in the Denver metro area. Read our grant funding announcement to learn more about this work.

Denver Vital Signs - The Benefits of Active Transportation in Denver

The June 2015 issue of Denver Vital Signs has been published! This issue is focused on the many benefits of active transportation in DenverRead more.

“Northeast Denver Unified” Awarded National Grant to Address Health Inequities

A new collaboration between The Civic Canopy, Denver Health’s Community Health Services, Denver Public Health and community leaders in Northeast Denver was selected by the BUILD Health Challenge to receive a $75,000 grant for their efforts to improve community health. Read more about this exciting announcement in The Denver Post or in our Northeast Denver Unified press release.

The Denver Public Health Tobacco Team is Clearing the Air

The Denver Public Health tobacco team recently held "Clearing the Air 2015: Tools, Tips and Resources for Smoke-Free Living", a conference attended by more than 70 property managers and partners from local health departments interested in learning about ways to implement and enforce smoke-free policies in their properties.

The conference included hands-on sessions where attendees could hear from experts on tobacco and marijuana products, resident engagement, the legal impacts of smoke-free policies and more. Resources and materials from the conference can be found on our Smoke-Free Housing page.

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids Honors Denver Youth with National Award

Members of Evolvement Denver, funded by Denver Public Health to implement the Licensed to Sell Tobacco initiative, were recently named Group Youth Advocates of the Year by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids for their leadership in the fight against tobacco. Since 2012, Evolvement Denver youth activists have gathered support from more than 4,500 community members to implement a tobacco retail license in Denver. Visit the Licensed to Sell Tobacco website to learn more about Evolvement Denver's work.

Judith Shlay, MD, MSPH, Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Dedication to Adolescent Health

Judith Shlay, MD, MSPH, a family medicine physician and associate director of Denver Public Health, recently received the Kathleen Ann Mullen Memorial Award from the Rocky Mountain Regional Chapter Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (RM-SAHM) for her outstanding contributions to the field of adolescent health in the Rocky Mountain Region.

Dr. Shlay is nationally known for her adolescent health research and award-winning projects on teen pregnancy prevention, reproductive health, STD and HIV prevention, tobacco prevention and immunizations. Her achievements were recognized at RM-SAHM's Spring Banquet on April 30. Read the full press release.

How Does Public Health Keep Denver Healthy?

As Denver's local public health department, we provide a wide range of services, from clinical care to health promotion activities, to birth and death records, and important community health data. Recently, we asked Denver residents to tell us how they define public health. We made a video of their answers - check it out! And don't forget to join our conversations on Facebook and Twitter!

Expert Advice at an Affordable Price: Denver Public Health's Travel Clinic

Planning a vacation to an exotic location such as the desert of Africa or the jungles of South America? Ensure you have a safe, healthy vacation by visiting the Travel Clinic at Denver Public Health for a customized, in-depth travel consultation.

Services include:

  • Expert advice and education
  • Immunizations
  • Travel prescriptions for malaria high altitude illness prevention and traveler's diarrhea

Travelers of all ages are welcome, and consultations are available for individuals, families and groups. Remember that some immunizations need to be given several weeks before travel occurs. Schedule an appointment by calling 303-602-3520.

New Data Reports 94 Percent of Denver Residents Now Have Health Care Insurance

Just one year into its five-year Community Health Improvement Plan, Be Healthy Denver reported that 94 percent of residents in Denver now have health care insurance. This milestone marks the achievement of one of Denver’s three access to care goals. Read the full news release or visit to learn more about the Community Health Improvement Plan.

2014 Health of Denver Report Now Available

Denver Public Health and Denver Environmental Health jointly released the 2014 Health of Denver Report on Feb 23 from 3-4:40 p.m. at Mile High United Way. The report, Denver's most recent community health assessment, provides current health data, identifies areas of concern, and measures progress towards improving the health of Denver residents. Visit to read the 2014 Health of Denver Report, download data and graphics from the report, and connect with other Be Healthy Denver partners.

Denver's Department of Environmental Health

Denver's Department of Environmental Health (DEH) is dedicated to advancing Denver's environmental and public health goals. DEH works collaboratively with city, state and community partners to conduct education, community engagement, and enforcement to ensure healthy people, healthy pets, and a sustainable environment. Its mission is to create a city with a world class environment and healthy communities for all ages and incomes, and where the well-being of our pets also matters.