Be Healthy Denver: Denver’s Community Health Improvement Plan 2013-2018, Action Plan, Denver, Colorado

Jurisdiction Name: Denver
State/Province: CO
Country: United States
Type of Government: Municipality/County
Population: 600,158
Population Range: 250,000 to 999,999
Policy Links: WebPDF
Policy type: plan
Year: 2013
GFC Topic: community food connections, community food security
Keywords: education, food access, health promoting, healthy, healthy eating, healthy food access, nutrition, school meal, strategic action plan, underserved, urban agriculture
Adopting Government Department(s):

Denver City Council

Lead Implementing Entity(s): Denver Department of Public Health and Environment
Support Entity(s):

Supporting entities are identified within each objective

Funding Amount: n/a
Funding Sources: n/a
Policy Outcome(s):

The Community Health Improvement Action Plan is a supplementary document for the Full Community Health Improvement Plan. The action plan has two components: access to care and healthy eating and active living (HEAL). The goal for the former component is for at least 95% of Denver residents to have access to primary medical care and behavioral health care by 2018. The goal for HEAL is an increase by 5 percentage points by 2018 of Denver children and adolescents who are at a healthy weight. To accomplish this goal, objectives include increasing access to nutritious food in underserved areas and schools, incorporating health in policy, processing, and planning, and developing a HEAL marketing campaign. Strategies to accomplish these objectives include creating incentives for grocery stores and convenience stores in low-income areas to offer healthy foods, increasing urban agriculture and gardens, improving access to farmers markets for low-income populations, and implementing healthy vending policies. The latter strategy was accomplished in 2018 when the Mayor of Denver, Michael Hancock, passed an executive order for healthier vending machines throughout the city.

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