DORA websites focused on career pathways for military and veterans and prescription drug abuse prevention recognized with top interactive award

DENVER -- (April 24, 2018) -- The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) has been named recipient of two 2017 Horizon Interactive Awards for its websites that provide critical information about its Prescription Drug Monitoring and Military and Veterans Career Pathways programs.

The Horizon Interactive Awards (HIA) are considered among the most prestigious in interactive and creative media. These specialized programmatic sites were selected by a panel of industry professionals out of more than 1,000 entries from across the United States and 16 other countries.

“The importance of the information provided by these two programs and the audiences they serve cannot be understated,” noted DORA Executive Director Marguerite Salazar. “That’s why we created specialized websites for these distinctive programs, which we knew to be a critical step in increasing understanding and use of both programs. I feel very proud of this recognition, as the sites serve as prime examples of DORA’s mission of consumer protection while also supporting a thriving marketplace and economy in Colorado.”

Supporting Licensed Prescribers and Dispensers in Fighting Opioid Abuse and Misuse

The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) provides licensed healthcare prescribers and dispensers with a critical tool to help reduce prescription drug misuse and abuse. The PDMP website,, creates a user-friendly “front door” for licensed prescribers and dispensers to access the patient monitoring database. DORA’s PDMP website is also supports the initiatives of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention. This statewide, interagency network was formed under the Colorado Plan to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse in 2013.

Supporting Active Duty Military, Veterans and Spouses

DORA aims to remove barriers to entry into the civilian workforce for members of the military and veterans, as well as their spouses. The objective of the program is to help active duty, reserves, National Guard and veterans understand how they may apply the skills that they acquired while in service toward professional licensure or certification in Colorado. The website,, delivers this critical information.

These two programs are managed by DORA’s Division of Professions and Occupations. “The Horizon Interactive Awards recognizes that our websites are doing exactly what we set out to achieve -- to provide immediate access to reliable online information for the audiences the sites serve,” said Ronne Hines, Director of the Division of Professions and Occupations. “The welcoming design and easy-to-use navigation mixed with useful content provides the resources needed for our stakeholders. We appreciate the recognition.”

DORA enlisted the design services of Denver agency Elevated Third to produce the website. The site is hosted and served through Colorado Interactive (CI) and the Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA). 


About DORA

The Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) is dedicated to preserving the integrity of the marketplace and is committed to promoting a fair and competitive business environment in Colorado. Consumer protection is our mission. Visit for more information or call 303-894-7855 / toll free 1-800-886-7675

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