The Center for Public Health Practice creates and fosters practitioner excellence to improve public health practice at the systems, community, and organizational levels. The center carries out this mission through workforce training and development and through consultation to develop and support innovative public health programs throughout Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Region.
In 2008, the Colorado State Legislature passed the Colorado Public Health Improvement Act. In 2009, following regional hearings, the Colorado State Board of Health approved the operational plan for enacting this legislation, the Colorado Public Health Improvement Plan.
In this plan, primary responsibility for public health workforce professional development and training was assigned to the Center for Public Health Practice. Since 2009, the center has worked collaboratively with partners across the state to provide trainings, technical assistance, and resources to support public health practice in communities across Colorado.
In 2014, the center was awarded funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to support the Region VIII Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center, expanding workforce development opportunities across Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
The Colorado School of Public Health is an accredited collaborative
school of public health, joining the University of Colorado, Colorado
State University, and the University of Northern Colorado. The Center
for Public Health Practice links faculty and staff across the three
campuses with individuals and communities across the state and region.
Collaboration is at the core of who we are and how we do our work. We value both the research and education at our universities as well as the experience and efforts of those working in communities to improve the public’s health. Together we make a difference.
The Center for Public Health Practice focuses on developing and implementing collaborative models for building the capacity of the public health workforce. Examples include: