Public Health

Assessment, Planning, and Communication

All public health agencies use assessment and planning processes in order to identify and understand community health issues. In Colorado, counties are required to conduct a community health assessment and public health improvement plan every five years. These assessments take into consideration conditions that affect the public’s health like chronic and communicable disease, environmental factors, health disparities, determinants of health, and injury. The issues that are prioritized by the community are addressed in the improvement plan.