About the Public Health Institute at Denver Health

The Public Health Institute at Denver Health (PHIDH) is a nationally recognized public health agency committed to innovating practice and improving health for everyone by working with communities and partners. Formerly known as Denver Public Health, PHIDH combines science, education, and social impact to advance public health with communities, provide patient care, and inform the public health care community about ways to improve community health.

  • In our role as a convener and collaborator we increase efficiency and effectiveness of the larger public health network through innovation, information-sharing, and best practices.
  • As public health educators and advocates we raise awareness, develop skills, and engage the community around healthy behaviors, and promote policies that support healthy living.
  • In our capacity as a public health service provider, we leverage our expertise to deliver essential information and clinical care.
  • Our work across the spectrum of public health, including our unique connection to Denver Health and its comprehensive health system, enables us to innovate and implement for improvement of public health.

Our services include the following:

The integration of a public health agency within the Denver Health safety-net health care system is unique; it permits broad integration and coordination of public health and personal health activities (e.g., tobacco use prevention, vaccine preventable disease, maternal and child health, behavioral health, and injury and violence prevention). It also leverages the use of local health data to drive actionable steps to improve the health of metro Denver’s diverse communities.

Mission, Vision & Values


Improving health with our community


Denver is a healthy community for all people.

Core Values

  • Continuous Improvement and Innovation
  • Excellence
  • Collaboration
  • Equity

Notable Achievements

  • Read our 2017 Denver Public Health Annual Report, "Leveraging Partnerships and Engaging the Community to Improve the Health For All", to learn about how we are working with partners from across the region to make Denver a healthy community for all people.
  • Read our 2016 Denver Public Health Annual Report, "A Report to the Community", to learn about how we collaborate with partners to fulfill our mission of improving health with our community.
  • Denver Public Health and Denver's Department of Public Health and Environment received national accreditation for the City and County of Denver through the Public Health Accreditation Board in March 2017.
  • Denver Public Health was recognized as a founding partner of the Colorado Healthy Hospital Compact on November 14, 2014.
  • Denver Public Health was named 2013 Local Health Department of the Year by the National Association of County and City Health Officials. (NACCHO)
  • Denver Public Health received a "Model Practice Award" at the 2012 Annual conference of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)