Assessment, Planning, and Communications (APC) is a core public health service put in place to identify, evaluate, and understand conditions of public health importance, including chronic and communicable disease, environmental hazards, health disparities, determinants of health, and injury. APC helps determine what strategies are needed to improve the health of all, public health priorities in the communities it serves, and the appropriate means in communicating this information to our communities.


SJBPH has launched its next Community Health Assessment, with the goal of completing the process and releasing its Public Health Improvement plan by mid-year 2018. Through an online survey, SJBPH is gathering data and feedback from diverse members of our communities that will help build plans for addressing the top health needs in our region. This survey is an opportunity for us to hear from you about your health priorities and what issues you feel need to be addressed in your community.

This survey is open to any Archuleta or La Plata county resident over 18 years of age. Feel free to pass along the survey link and encourage others to take it. To receive a paper version of this survey, please call SJBPH at 970-247-5702 or 970-264-2409.




Assessment & Planning Director | 970 335 2045

Communications Director | 970 335 2044

Assessment & Planning Specialist | 970 335 2048

Communications Specialist | 970 335 2025

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As a result of the Colorado Public Health Act of 2008, San Juan Basin Public Health is required to collect health data and input from community members and stakeholders and to create a Community Health Assessment (CHA) for Archuleta and La Plata counties. With completion in 2012 of its first assessment, SJBPH then created a five-year Public Health Improvement Plan (PHIP), which was approved by the Board of Health in December 2013.

The next cycle of our CHA is underway and will be implemented in a new PHIP in 2018.

Our Assessment duties also include:

  • Program evaluation
  • Ongoing data collection within SJBPH and community as a whole
  • Participation in integrated state, local, and national surveillance system(s) that quantify public health and environmental problems and threats

In determing community health problems, priority populations, and potential threats to the public’s health, SJBPH plans what strategies are needed to engage partners and improve health for all. The Public Health Improvement Plan has seven goals:

  • Provide a baseline by which to monitor change
  • Identify emerging issues
  • Help the community set health priorities and focus resources
  • Provide facts upon which to base programmatic or organizational decisions
  • Help partners to plan effective, collaborative interventions
  • Increase the ability to secure new funding
  • Support advocacy for policy changes
Communications is responsible for disseminating the public health information that is important to the well-being of residents and visitors, as well as telling the stories of our programs and the lives they touch. APC also informs the public and key stakeholders the results of the Community Health Assessment and local Public Health Improvement Plan so as to inform community policies and ensure health for all.

The most recent information from our many programs can be found on our Newsfeed.

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Community Health Assessment

Published in 2012 in partnership with Mercy Regional Medical Center and Pagosa Springs Medical Center.

Health Priorities Selection Report

The most significant health issues in 2012 and determined primary focuses of the Public Health Improvement Plan (PHIP).

Public Health Improvement Plan

Five-year public health improvement plan for Archuleta and La Plata counties, approved by SJBPH Board of Health in 2013.

Thriving Colorado Dashboard

These dashboards give a snapshot of both chronic disease and behavioral health in La Plata and Archuleta Counties.


community health assessment surveys taken