This section introduces you to the overall history of Public Health in Colorado, along with some general background information on the landscape of Colorado and its local public health agencies.

After interacting with the content, participants will be able to:


  • Summarize the history of public health in Colorado and include specifics about disease occurrence, establishment of associations, and influential persons.
  • Describe the demographics of Colorado.
  • Explain how public health services are provided in Colorado.
  • Identify the ways in which public health is funded in Colorado.

Let us introduce you to History of Public Health In Colorado through this video. Created by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, this ~19 minute video covers topics such as settlers coming to Colorado, early epidemics and diseases, sanitation, Dr. Sabin, and the creation of Colorado's modern public health system.

Colorado has a rich and diverse landscape, with varying populations from one side of the state to the other. This video describes that landscape and some characteristics that are unique to Colorado.


With a decentralized public health system, Colorado's 53 local public health agencies (or LPHAs) are vital in carrying out public health services throughout all 64 counties in the state. This video introduces you to the common mission of LPHAs, how LPHAs are designated, and where funding for LPHAs comes from.

Click through the timeline below to learn more about the history of Colorado's Public Health Act.

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