Public health in Colorado exists to protect and improve the health of Colorado's people and the quality of its environment. How do they accomplish this?

This section introduces you to the public health services performed in Colorado and gives you a closer look at the roles and responsibilities LPHAs play in carrying out these 7 Core Public Health Services (as required by the Colorado Board of Health and the 2008 Public Health Act) along with CDC's 10 Essential Public Health services.

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


  • Describe Colorado's seven core public health services.
  • Summarize the roles and responsibilities of LPHAs in Colorado.
  • Recognize the 10 Essential Public Health services as defined by CDC.
  • Describe the top twelve direct services provided by LPHAs as Primary Providers.
  • Describe the top ten direct services provided by LPHAs as Safety Net Providers.

The Public Health Act requires all county or district public health agencies organized under statute to provide, or assure the provision of and direct people to, core public health services. Identification of a set of core services that are appropriate to every local public health agency in Colorado--with  consideration given to the needs of residents and visitors to the state, the capacity and resources available to deliver public health services, and the organizational structure of local public health agencies--is no easy task.

To ensure core public health services are provided equitably and effectively, local public health agencies must meet certain quality standards. In light of the national accreditation movement, Colorado’s standards for the delivery of core public health services should optimally position local public health agencies for voluntary national accreditation.  As part of the public health system, delivery of the core services are performed with attention to the 10 Essential Public Health Services as developed by the national Core Public Health Functions Steering Committee in 1994.

Below are Colorado's Seven Core Public Health Services. Click on the text label for each to learn about what the service entails.

Established as part of the National Public Health Performance Standards, the 10 Essential Public Health services describe the public health activities that all communities should undertake. This video will briefly take you through each of these 10 services.

Colorado's 53 local public health agencies are required to carry out a number of public health services throughout the counties they serve. This video covers some of the main roles and responsibilities LPHAs have in providing public health services to Coloradoans.

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