Chris J. Wiant, President and CEO, Caring for Colorado Foundation
Public health has gained attention in Colorado over the last four years as a result of a partnership that includes health foundations, the Colorado School of Public Health, the state legislature, and state and local health agencies. The first important accomplishment occurred in 2008 as the nation’s newest School of Public Health, which resulted from collaboration among three state universities (University of Colorado, University of Northern Colorado, and Colorado State University), received its inaugural class. Meanwhile, momentum was building through an effort to rethink the state’s public health goals and strengthen the infrastructure for public health in Colorado. Many interests aligned and led to legislative action (Senate Bill (SB) 194 or the Public Health Improvement Act) mandating the development and adoption of the state’s first Public Health Improvement Plan and also, for the first time, a requirement for the formal designation of a public health agency in each county.
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