About the Public Health Institute at Denver Health

Public Health Institute at Denver Health: Who We Are and What We Do

The Public Health Institute at Denver Health (PHIDH) is a nationally recognized public health agency committed to innovating practice and improving health for all 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.

Our areas of focus include:

  • Community Work (including co-creating programs and services with the community, outreach, education, and advocacy)
  • Clinical Care and Prevention (including family planning, vaccine-preventable diseases, specialty care, and disease prevention)
  • Regional Activities (including research, disease monitoring, technical assistance, training, and consultation)

The integration of a public health agency within the Denver Health safety-net comprehensive care system is unique; it permits broad integration and coordination of public health and personal health activities. Our work has expanded to regional efforts to improve public health using innovative approaches with a broad range of partners through technical assistance, training, and consultation.

Public Health Institute at Denver Health (PHIDH) Infographic 2022

Mission, Vision & Core Capabilities


To enhance health and promote equity with communities. 


A world where health and racial equity are realized, where communities most impacted by health inequities are leading change, and where public health is a trusted and supportive partner.

Core Capabilities

  • Community Engagement
  • Capacity Building and Assistance
  • High Quality Direct Clinical Services
  • Clinical Systems Change
  • Public Health Innovation


A significant amount of work conducted by the Public Health Institute at Denver Health is completed in partnership with, and through support provided by, community and government organizations located throughout the Denver metro area.

Metro Denver Partnership for Health

The Public Health Institute at Denver Health 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.

How to Become a Partner

While we may not have immediate opportunity to work together, we are always interested in building new relationships throughout the community. Please email the Public Health Institute at Denver Health if you are interested in collaborating on public health improvements with us.