Our Mission

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.

Developing collaborations between communities, practice, and academics

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.

What we do

The Center for Public Health Practice focuses on developing and implementing collaborative models for building the capacity of the public health workforce. Examples include:

  • Delivering on-site trainings in communities across the state and region
  • Providing online educational opportunities
  • Offering technical assistance and coaching
  • Convening conversations and facilitating decision-making processes
  • Developing sustainable projects with communities

Colorado School of Public Health

CU Anschutz

Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place

3rd Floor

Mail Stop B119

Aurora, CO 80045

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