Colorado Public Health Improvement Plan Advisory Committee Overview

Colorado Public Health Improvement Plan Advisory Committee Overview


[Intro Music] APAC is the Assessment Planning and Advisory Council and it is a group of multi-sectoral folks including community residents who’ve come together to address the health and environmental needs of Colorado Every 5 years in statute requires us to first do an assessment and then develop a plan to impact the health and environment of Coloradans. So, I joined APAC because it was really important to me to play a role in a plan that set goals for the entire state and the health of the entire state. When we talk about addressing upstream efforts or the upstream determinants of health what that means is that we’re really looking at the root causes. So basically, we’re asking the question ‘why.’ Why is it that we’re seeing these issues that are happening in our communities? Why is it that we’re seeing these health outcomes? What is really the root cause of those health outcomes? So, whether that’s transportation, education, housing, health, how do all of those work together, and how are they creating the health outcomes we are seeing in our communities? I joined APAC to bring the voice of rural southwest Colorado to a process that’s held on the Front Range. What makes APAC unique related to public health assessment is that it brings different voices in from across the state. We all experience life in a different way. We all have different solutions to bring to the table, different ideas. I was asked to join APAC to bring a transportation perspective to this effort. It’s something that hadn’t been previously represented. There’s such a great link between transportation and public health, and makes a lot of sense for various state agencies like the department of transportation and CDPHE to work together. I joined APAC. I wanted to make a difference in Colorado. Health is interrelated to the environment. In the built environment especially. As an engineer, it’s very important for us to really understand that interconnection when we talk about climate change, for example, it has significant impact on our lifestyle. It has significant impact on the water that we have. We need to make sure that the environment is a part of this equation. I joined to make sure that the community members that are most impacted by whatever this project or program comes up with have a say and have a voice and a seat at the table So because APAC, we were really focused as members to make sure that we were collecting data and information in an equitable way. So, what we did was we made sure that we honored community residents and their voices by sending out a survey to Colorado residents and we incorporated the information in the voices that were shared with us on that survey into creating our themes and priorities for this process. Well, the reason I joined APAC is actually multi- factoral. I have a long background in research, in public health involvement environmental health and so, the whole aspect of the Colorado Health Plan is very integral to the work that I have been doing a a professional. It’s important for us as citizens and policy makers and public and environmental health practitioners to step back every few years and take a look at what is the state of the health of our citizens? and what are the priority issues that we need to be addressing? as well as what resources can we bring to bear on those issues? We didn’t just focus on public health, and we didn’t just focus on other state and governmental agencies. We actually did look at this from the viewpoint of ‘how is this project going to impact peoples’ livelihoods?’ Things like jobs and education, transportation. All of these factors really affect our health as a community. I choose to come and participate in person because my voice is heard. People have been really receptive of the information I have to bring to the table. We are We are. We are. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. Colorado. [Credit Music]

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