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Community & Behavioral Health (CBH) empowers Denver’s communities to live better, longer by informing, educating, and empowering the community to live a healthy lifestyle, to reduce chronic disease through awareness and prevention programs, and to implement population-based strategies that address social determinants of health. CBH also works to reduce barriers to accessing mental and physical health care. CBH is committed to creating and advocating for equal opportunities for all to grow, develop, and live life to its fullest potential.

Program areas include HIV Resources, Food System Policies, Behavioral Health Strategies, and  Tobacco Legislation & Enforcement.

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NACCHO Model Practice Award


The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) was honored with the 2020 Model Practice Award by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). The award celebrates local health departments for developing programs that demonstrate exemplary and replicable best practices in response to a critical local public health need. DDPHE’s Fentanyl Early Warning System was one of 21 local health department programs to receive NACCHO’s prestigious Model Practice Award.



National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) is coming to the Denver Metro Area in 2019

The NSDUH is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Conducted annually, the NSDUH is the primary source of national and state-level data concerning alcohol, tobacco, and drug use. Information from this study is used by government agencies, policy makers, and researchers to monitor substance abuse trends and design and support prevention, treatment, and education programs. 

  • All information provided is kept completely confidential and used for statistical purposes only in compliance with the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002 (CIPSEA).
  • A limited number of household addresses are randomly selected to represent the population of the United States.
  • Residents will be sent a letter explaining the study and informing them that an RTI interviewer will soon be visiting their household.
  • The interviewer will only visit the selected households and need a few minutes of the residents’ time to see if someone in the household will be selected to participate in an interview. If selected, those completing the full interview will receive a $30 cash incentive.

For additional information about the NSDUH, check out the Question and Answer Brochure and the Frequently Asked Questions Document.

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Management Team
  • Alice Nightengale, Interim Division Director
  • Candy Romero, Executive Assistant
  • Robert George, Manager, Office of HIV resources
  • Jeff Holliday, Manager, Office of Behavioral Health Strategies
  • Tristan Sanders,  Manager, Health Promotion
Our Partners

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

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.

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Ann Cecchine-Williams
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Tammy Vigil
Manager of Media Relations


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