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Denver's Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) is dedicated to helping build, promote and maintain healthy communities through public health and environmental education, engagement, and enforcement of Denver's city ordinances.

In an effort to encourage and recognize the efforts of partners dedicated to furthering the city's work in ensuring healthy, livable communities, DDPHE has launched the Denver Healthy Communities Awards. The awards are focused on organizations, projects or individuals engaged in efforts to protect and/or improve the environment in Denver (clean air, land, and water), promote healthy people through improved food or child safety, access to healthy food, healthy built environments, or activities that promote healthy pets and improve the lives of animals, or in the community at-large.

Nominees can include nonprofit and private organizations, and individuals in the three categories below. Projects or strategies must show significant impact on the city of Denver. Individual nominations for the Good Neighbor Award must reside in the City of Denver. City agencies are not eligible to apply but can be a partner in the effort. Self nominations are accepted.

 

Congratulations Healthy Communities Award Winners

 

Award Categories

Designed to recognize individuals and organizations that employ innovative strategies, processes, or technologies to improve public health and/or the environment in Denver. Examples include but are not limited to:

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    • Reducing public health and environmental impacts through a significant and lasting process or technological breakthrough,
    • Innovations that improve access to healthy homes, healthy food, and/or healthy built environments throughout Denver, or
    • Advancements that keep or reunite more pets with their owners

 

Nomination questions are as follows:

  1. Please describe the individual, project, event or efforts including explanation of how the organization, project or program has contributed to ensuring healthy and livable communities in Denver. This response accounts for 30 percent of the overall score.
  2. Please explain how the individual or organization is a model for others. This response accounts for 30 percent of the overall score.
  3. Description of innovative project, strategies, process, or technology, including explanation of how the organization, project or program has contributed to ensuring healthy and livable communities in Denver. This response accounts for 30 percent of the overall score.
  4. What metrics have been developed to evaluate the project’s success? This response accounts for 15 percent of the overall score.
  5. What problem is this intended to solve? This response accounts for 15 percent of the overall score.
  6. Please include a list of partners, organizations impacted, including contact information. This response accounts for 10 percent of the overall score.
  7. Explain any benefits accrued to the company (improved efficiency, cost savings, public image, employee morale), the public (safety and health) and the environment (if applicable). This response accounts for 30 percent of the overall score.

Designed to encourage, recognize and reward local individuals, companies, and nonprofit organizations that have consistently met or exceeded applicable standards established through recognized best practices, regulation or certification.

In order to qualify, all applicants must be in good standing with other local, state, and federal agencies that maintain any form of regulatory oversight of the applicant's business, trade, or profession, and 6 months or more of meeting or exceeding the regulated compliance standard. All applicants would be evaluated each year in comparison to the accomplishments and strenghts of other competing applications.

Nomination questions are as follows:

  1. Please describe the individual, project, event or efforts including explanation of how the organization, project or program has contributed to ensuring healthy and livable communities in Denver. This response accounts for 30 percent of the overall score.
  2. Please explain how the individual or organization is a model for others. This response accounts for 30 percent of the overall score.
  3. What problem is this intended to solve? This response accounts for 20 percent of the overall score.
  4. Include a list of partners, organizations impacted, including contact information. This response accounts for 20 percent of the overall score.
  5. Description of innovative project, strategies, process, or technology, including explanation of how the organization, project or program has contributed to ensuring healthy and livable communities in Denver. This response accounts for 30 percent of the overall score.
  6. What metrics have been developed to evaluate the project’s success? This response accounts for 15 percent of the overall score.
  7. Explain any benefits accrued to the company (improved efficiency, cost savings, public image, employee morale), the public (safety and health) and the environment (if applicable). This response accounts for 30 percent of the overall score.
  8. Please explain your approach to ensuring long- term compliance, and how these efforts protect public and environmental health in Denver. This response accounts for 30 percent of the overall score.
  9. List any required or voluntary and regulatory environmental and/ or public health-related compliance history, including applicable dates. This response accounts for 10 percent of the overall score.

 

Designed to recognize individuals and organizations that have a longstanding commitment to protecting and/or improving the environment in Denver (clean air, land, and water), or promoting healthy people through improved access to healthy food, healthy built environments, or promoting healthy pets through activities at the animal shelter or in the community at-large.

Eligible nominees may be working to:

  • Protect and/or improve the environment in Denver (clean air, land, and water), or
  • Promote healthy people through improved access to healthy food, healthy built environments, or
  • Promote healthy pets through activities at the animal shelter or in the community at-large.

Nomination questions are as follows:

  1. Please describe the individual, project, event or efforts including explanation of how the organization, project or program has contributed to ensuring healthy and livable communities in Denver. This response accounts for 30 percent of the overall score.
  2. Please explain how the individual or organization is a model for others. This response accounts for 30 percent of the overall score.
  3. Please describe the individual, project, event or efforts including explanation of how the organization, project or program has contributed to ensuring healthy and livable communities in Denver. This response accounts for 30 percent of the overall score.
  4. What problem is this intended to solve? This response accounts for 20 percent of the overall score.
  5. Include a list of partners, organizations impacted, including contact information. This accounts for 20 percent of the overall score.
  6. Description of innovative project, strategies, process, or technology, including explanation of how the organization, project or program has contributed to ensuring healthy and livable communities in Denver. This response accounts for 30 percent of the overall score.
  7. What metrics have been developed to evaluate the project’s success? This response accounts for 15 percent of the overall score.
  8. What problem is this intended to solve? This response accounts for 15 percent of the overall score.
  9. Explain any benefits accrued to the company (improved efficiency, cost savings, public image, employee morale), the public (safety and health) and the environment (if applicable). This response accounts for 30 percent of the overall score.

Past Finalists and Winners

Public and Environmental Health Innovation Award: Denver Food Rescue (winner) and Rocky Mountain Climate Organization

Excellence In Compliance Award: Springhill Suites - Denver Downtown at MSU and Work Options for Women (winner)

Public and Environmental Health Good Neighbor Award: A Little Help and Metro Caring (winner)

Public and Environmental Health Innovation Award: City Park Time Bank and Weigh and Win (winner)

Excellence In Compliance Award: Early Excellence Program of Denver (winner) and Village Inn (4850 Federal Blvd)

Public and Environmental Health Good Neighbor Award: Chanda Plan Foundation and Walk2Connect (winner)

Public and Environmental Health Innovation Award: Denver Housing Authority (winner) and Harm Reduction Action Center. 
 
Excellence in Complaiance Award: Racine's (winner), Brother's Redevelopment
 
Public and Environmental Health Good Neighbor Award: Edison Elementary Green Team (winner) and Groundwork Denver (winner)

Public and Environmental Health Innovation Award: Taking Neighborhood Health to Heart (winner) and Healthy Learning Paths

Excellence In Compliance Award: J Street Food Truck (winner) and Ladder & Can

Public and Environmental Health Good Neighbor Award: We Don't Waste (winner) and Project Angel Heart

UPCOMING EVENTS
 

 
 


OUR PARTNERS
 

Denver Environmental Health partners with Dener Public Health to provide services related to birth and death certificates, clinical care, and educatinal opportunities, among others. 

Denver Office of Sustainability works to ensure policies and practices will protect the city's resources for the future.

Denver Public Health & Environment is a member of the Metro Denver Partnership for Health, a collaboration among the public health agencies serving the seven-county Denver metropolitan region made up of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson Counties. Nearly 3 million Coloradans, 60 percent of the state’s population, live in the Metro region. The Partnership collaborates with regional leaders in health care, human services, behavioral health, environment, philanthropy, education, business, local government and others to achieve its goals of advancing health equity across the region. In 2016, the Partnership identified four priority areas of focus including data sharing, healthy eating and active living, behavioral health, and partner alignment and formalized its approach to collaboration in the Metro Denver Partnership for Health Roadmap. Download the Roadmap  


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