Colorado's Public Health Act of 2008

Colorado's Public Health Act (SB 08 194) took effect in 2008, calling for major reforms to the state's governmental public health system. Its purpose is to ensure that core public health services are available to every person in Colorado, regardless of where they live, with a consistent standard of quality. 
The Act requires:
  • use of assessments to determine population health and systemwide capacity issues; 
  • development of a five-year state and local public health improvement plan (PHIP; also know as a CHIP, community health improvement plan) based on assessment results; and 
  • engaging communities in health improvement and increasing the availability and quality of public health services to ultimately improve health outcomes.