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Denver Public Health plays an important role in collecting, monitoring, and sharing public health data and information about the City and County of Denver with public health-focused agencies, community organizations and the general public.

In this role our epidemiologists and data specialists:

  • Collect and analyze data from many different sources to help our team and community partners decide where to focus public health efforts and to understand why conditions, behaviors and disease occur.
  • Watch for public health trends, like an increase in the number of whooping cough cases, so we can quickly educate the public and help control the spread of disease when an outbreak occurs.
  • Use health data as a measurement tool to evaluate if the work we and community partners are doing is making a difference.

While Denver Public Health serves as a data hub, the information we generate is used and shared with people, partners and organizations throughout the Denver community who are also focused on improving public health.

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Read the 2017 Denver Youth Health Assessment

The 2017 Denver Youth Health Assessment shares the voices of more than 400 youth and 21 youth-serving organizations in Denver.

Read the 2017 Denver Youth Health Assessment, or watch this short video, to learn about four overarching themes affecting youth health, as well as threats within these themes.

Denver Public Health Declaration of Readiness to Receive Syndromic Surveillance Data for Meaningful Use Stage 3 (MU3)

2017-2018

Denver Public Health is currently accepting electronic syndromic surveillance data from eligible hospitals in Denver County seeking Meaningful Use Stage 3 (MU3) incentive payments. Local Public Health Agencies (LPHAs) in the NSSP CO-NCR receive electronic syndromic surveillance data from eligible hospitals and their associated emergency departments. Participating counties in NSSP CO-NCR: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson Counties.

NSSP CO-NCR area hospitals intending to meet MU3 public health syndromic surveillance data transmission objective must register their intent to do so with their LPHA within 60 days of their MU3 reporting period. Based on MU3 requirements, the objective is to ensure that the eligible hospitals (EH) or critical access hospitals (CAH) are in active engagement with a public health agency to submit electronic public health data in a meaningful way using Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT). If EH or CAH facilities choose syndromic surveillance as one of the core requirements for MU3, the measure for syndromic surveillance data reporting is that the EH or CAH is in active engagement with a public health agency to submit syndromic surveillance data. Please find objectives, measures, final rules, and other information about MU3 on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website.

NSSP CO-NCR LPHAs will facilitate and support hospitals testing and validating data transmission, and will provide acknowledgment to area hospitals that achieve ongoing syndromic surveillance data submission based on the national MU3 requirements. Transmission of syndromic surveillance data may be completed through an established relationship with the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization or by direct connection to other web-based services. 

For more information on syndromic surveillance and working with your LPHA, please contact:
Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas Counties: Yushiuan Chen at ychen@tchd.org  or (720) 200-1481
Denver County: Cali Zimmerman at Cali.Zimmerman@dhha.org or (303) 602-3625
Boulder County: Talia Brown at tlbrown@bouldercounty.org or (303) 441-1329
Jefferson County: Christine Billings at cbilling@co.jefferson.co.us or (303) 271-8394
Facilities outside of the counties listed above, please contact Andrew Horvath from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment at andrew.horvath@state.co.us or (303) 692-2025

Denver Public Health Declaration of Readiness to Receive Specialized Registry Data

July 19, 2016

Denver Public Health is currently organizing a specialized registry for population health monitoring from eligible hospitals and providers, in Denver County, seeking Meaningful Use Stage 2 (MU2) incentive payments. In addition to the electronic data submission for syndromic surveillance, one public health objective is contributing to specialized registries for eligible Denver hospitals and providers under MU2. This notice deals only with specialized registry data submission to the Colorado Health Observation Regional Data Service (CHORDS).

Denver Public Health is proactively reaching out to Denver hospitals and providers to participate in electronic health record data submission to a distributed data network maintained at each health facility in coordination with a federated query tool (For more information, read Frequently Asked Questions about CHORDS). Denver Public Health will facilitate testing and validating data warehousing and transmission specifications and provide acknowledgments to Denver hospitals and providers that achieve ongoing specialized registry participation. Instructions on how hospitals and providers participate will be sent once intent has been registered.

For hospitals or providers in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Douglas or Jefferson counties wishing to participate in specialized registry efforts, please visit your local health department website for more information. Hospitals or providers outside those counties are not currently required to submit specialized registry data but may make inquiry at Denver Public Health. For more information or to request and exemption letter, please contact Emily McCormick at emily.mccormick@dhha.org or 303-602-3604.