Health Equity Commission

The Health Equity Commission advises the department through the Office of Health Equity on health equity issues, focusing on alignment, education and capacity-building for state and local health programs and community-based organizations.
The Health Equity Commission meetings are held on a quarterly basis at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver and alternate between in-person or conference call only. Please reference call-in number and participant code listed below. Meeting announcements and updates will be listed below on a monthly basis. Meeting are open to the public.
2017 meeting agenda | minutes - Coming soon.
Next meetings
Quarterly Health Equity Commission meeting
Please check back the week before meeting date for any updates.
Date: Tentative Thursday, March 08, 2018 Time: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, building C room C1C
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver, CO 80246
Enter building A and obtain a visitors pass to access building C
Upcoming Quarterly Health Equity Commission meetings:   
June 2018 - TBD
Upcoming Health Equity Commission subcommittee meetings: 
Health in All Policies:
Subcommittee #1: 
Date: TBD
Location: TBD
Policies with Equity Implications:
Subcommittee #2: 
Date: TBD
Location: TBD
  • Provide a formal mechanism for the public to give input to the office.
  • Advise us through the office on: 
    • Innovative data collection and dissemination strategies.
    • Aligning our health equity efforts and the Health Disparities Grant programs.
    • Strengthening collaborative partnerships with communities impacted by health disparities to identify and promote health equity strategies.
    • Promote workforce diversity.
Commission members
  • The commission consists of 10 members representing, to the extent practical, Colorado's diverse ethnic, racial, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, aging population, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds.
  • In addition, the commission has two legislative members and one designee each from the Colorado departments of Public Health and Environment, Human Services, and Health Care Policy and Financing.
  • Commissioners' bios.
  • Water Fluoridation - Despite coverage gains under the Affordable Care Act, many Denver residents still don’t have access to quality, affordable oral health services. Students miss school, workers are less productive and many Denver residents suffer needlessly due to preventable dental disease. Community water fluoridation provides health benefits for all Denver residents, regardless of income, gender, age, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation. Research shows that community water fluoridation can reduce cavities by as much as 40 percent at a cost of $1 per person per year for large water systems like Denver, with a return on investment of $61 per person per year in avoided dental costs. Despite opponents’ claims, there is no credible evidence that fluoridation increases the health risks of Denver residents.