Steps for informing and participating in statewide public health improvement planning

1. Share local/regional PHIP content with statewide partners (through plan submission, reporting and collaboration).
  • Submit final plan to the CDPHE’s Office of Planning, Partnerships and Improvement. Following local board of health review and approval, local public health agencies are required to submit their public health improvement plan to the Office of Planning, Partnerships and Improvement. The plan should be submitted with documentation demonstrating local approval (i.e., meeting minutes). The office reviews each plan to ensure that it meets act requirements and presents it to the state Board of Health for review. The office also analyzes and summarizes each plan to inform the statewide public health improvement plan, and to share with other local public health agencies, CDPHE programs and other stakeholders.
  • Report progress annually. Phase VII of CHAPS describes the process for regularly updating local public health improvement plans. The Office of Planning, Partnerships and Improvement is interested in receiving updated plans, including action plans, evaluation plans, communication plans and other related materials, to continuously improve Colorado’s assessment and planning efforts and to share models with other agencies.
  • Collaborate and network with other counties and partners on implementation efforts by sharing promising practices, collaborating on joint efforts, providing peer support and networking. The Office of Planning, Partnerships and Improvement sponsors networking opportunities such as conference calls, webinars and in-person meetings on a variety of topics.
2. Participate in statewide public health improvement opportunities.
  • Participate in development of the statewide plan: 
  • The Office of Planning, Partnerships and Improvement leads the development of a statewide public health improvement plan on a five-year cycle. Local public health agency staff and other stakeholders have opportunities to participate in the development of the plan in multiple ways, such as participating in work groups and in stakeholder input sessions.
  • Participate in the implementation of the statewide plan: Many objectives identify local public health agencies as partners in implementation. To be successful, statewide efforts need to be promoted and implemented at the local level as applicable or relevant for your community. Local participation is also needed to further develop or refine strategies, monitor progress and evaluate effectiveness.
3. Communicate with stakeholders about the statewide plan:
Phase VII of CHAPS offers suggestions for developing a communication plan to promote your local health improvement plan. Following the same guidance, a communication plan for the statewide plan is developed. Many of the communications strategies identified can also be implemented locally.
Examples include:
  • Disseminating messages to stakeholders that describe key alignments between your local plan and the statewide plan.
  • Placing a link on your agency’s website to the statewide plan.
  • Distributing findings and progress updates when available.