State identifies ways to improve public health, environment

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment identified 10 “winnable battles” that are key environmental and health issues.

The CDPHE chose the issues because they are ones where progress can be made in the next three to five years, according to a press release from the department.

The department will focus on clean air, clean water, infectious disease prevention, injury prevention, mental health and substance abuse, obesity, oral health, safe food, tobacco and unintended pregnancy.

Many of Colorado’s Winnable Battles align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Winnable Battles or are consistent with the Seven Priorities for EPA’s Future, while others reflect Colorado’s own priorities.

Reggie Bicha, executive director of the Colorado Department of Human Services, said, “The Department of Human Services looks forward to continuing our close partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment with all the winnable battles, particularly on providing excellent treatment services for mental health and substance abuse in Colorado.”

Many of Colorado’s Winnable Battles were identified through current health data measurements. The department will continue to track this data, as well as other important data, as it moves ahead with strategies for improvement. Winnable Battle progress will be tracked by measuring health outcomes and environmental improvements associated with the specific strategies.

For complete background and information on the 10 Winnable Battles, please visit the department’s website.