EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE

The Center strives to foster excellence in public health practice by building community and organizational capacity of state and local health agencies and community-based organizations in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region.

Please contact the Center to explore partnership opportunities.

Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center (RMPHTC)

The Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center (RM-PHTC) was established in 2014 within the Center for Public Health Practice at the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH).  With funding from the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), the RM-PHTC serves the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming (Region VIII), and the 32 tribal nations located within this territory.  
The RM-PHTC is committed to developing and supporting a high quality public health workforce that can improve population health.  Our goals are to: 

  1. Increase the functional knowledge and skills of the public health workforce and 
  2. Link public health and health care sectors to improve population health, as outlined in the Affordable Care Act.

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Aurora Health Access

The Center is an active member of the Aurora Health Access. Aurora Health Access (AHA) is a collaboration of engaged residents, health care providers, and community agencies near the Anschutz Medical Campus. AHA is committed to creating a health care system in Aurora that meets the needs of all residents in the community. AHA has convened around an urgent problem in Aurora: Too many residents have limited access to health coverage and limited places to seek care when they do find coverage. In short, Aurora currently lacks a health care system that meets the needs of all its residents.

Far Northeast Health Alliance

Denver's Far Northeast communities consist of Montbello and Green Valley Ranch neighborhoods. The Center, in conjunction with the community-based Lowry Family Center, continue to lead the process that has successfully resulted in mobilizing a diverse cadre of community stakeholders, health professionals, students and neighborhood residents to partner in the formation of the Far Northeast Health Alliance (FNEHA). The Center contributes skills, expertise and resources in collaboration with other partnerships to create a sound community platform that can ultimately reverse the epidemic of overweight and obesity in the Montbello and Green Valley Ranch communities and promote health equity.

Children’s Hospital of Colorado

The Center has worked with Children’s Hospital of Colorado (CHCO) to conduct health needs assessments for children in Colorado, with a particular focus on Original Aurora. Most recently, CHCO partnered with the Center to conduct a Children’s Health Assessment in the rural Roaring Forks area (Pitkin, Eagle, and Garfield Counties) and Colorado Springs (El Paso County). The Center examined various health indicators, inventory community assets, and identify gaps in services and opportunities for CHCO to work in collaboration with community partners to meet the needs at the local level.

Community Health Workers and Patient Navigation

Center staff serve on the Colorado Community Health Worker and Patient Navigator Work Group. This statewide coalition is comprised of local and state agencies, advocacy group, philanthropic organizations and public and private health plan representatives. This group coalesced in an effort to align all of the various patient navigator/community health worker/promotora groups in Colorado and to identify and develop a sustainable model for this important work. The Colorado Patient Navigator Training Program is also administered through the Center/Colorado Public Health Training Center. The Training Program provides a variety of in-person and online courses for patient navigators, social workers, nurses, and community healthcare workers who want a basic understanding of issues and practices related to patient navigation.

Anschutz Medical Campus & Local Communities Partnership for Health

The Center is an active partner on the Anschutz Medical Partnership collaborative. The partnership was created out of the increasing need on the Anschutz campus across disciplines, schools and units and within the community for a structure that facilitates collaborations between the medical campus and the local community. The Partnership’s overall goals are to:

  • To support partnerships already present within the campus and surrounding neighborhoods.
  • To increase our access to one another in a coordinated way that makes programs more useful and relevant to people on both sides of the partnership.
  • To identify new programs and call them into existence by virtue of coordinated joint efforts.
  • To maintain our relationship with one another throughout the duration of our programs.