Our Community’s Health Status And Priorities

Assessment and Plans

Department Assessments and Plans

In 2008, Colorado’s Public Health Act (C.R.S. 25-1-505) was signed into law. It specifically designated public health functions for health departments in Colorado, and subsequent resolutions from each of the three Boards of County Commissioners designated TCHD as their local public health agency (LPHA) and re-authorized the Department as it is today. 

In addition, on Oct. 19, 2011, the Colorado State Board of Health passed the Core Public Health Services – New Rule. This rule requires each LPHA to deliver or assure that core public health services are provided to the community and it also requires the agency to complete a Public Health Improvement Planning process every five years.

Community Health Assessment

Every five years health departments are required to complete a Community Health Assessment (CHA). The assessment provides an overview of the current health status of our counties in order to strategically inform and prioritize the health issues we address, with our local partners, as your health department. The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly impacted us all; in order to strategically inform and assist the prioritization of health issues in Adams County, Tri-County Health Department completed a county-specific CHA ahead of the five-year cycle. 

CHAs allow us to learn about the community: the health of the population, factors contributing to higher health risks or poorer health outcomes of identified populations, and community assets and resources that can improve population health. Input from the community, stakeholders, and partners is a critical part of building the CHA. In 2021-2022, we partnered with community-based organizations in Adams Countto engage more meaningfully with community members and partners. 

If you would like to learn more about our assessment process, please contact Callie Preheim at [email protected].