Health Policy & Systems
San Juan Basin Public Health believes that every person deserves to live a healthy, addiction-free life.
The Health Policy & Systems (HPS) program works to reach that goal in La Plata and Archuleta counties through education, collaboration, and policy development which positively impacts community norms and empowers youth to make healthier choices and increase number of developmental assets.
Archuleta County | 970 264 2409 x204
La Plata County | 970 335 2047
SJBPH’s Health Policy and Systems provides customizable workshops for parents, youth-serving organizations and youth building Developmental Assets and integrating this strength-based framework into existing programs.
What are the Developmental Assets?
The Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets are concrete, common sense, positive experiences and qualities essential to raising successful young people. Studies of more than 2.2 million young people consistently show that the more assets young people have, the less likely they are to engage in a wide range of high-risk behaviors and the more likely they are to thrive. Research has shown that youth with the most assets are least likely to engage in four different patterns of high-risk behavior, including problem alcohol use, violence, illicit drug use, and sexual activity. The same kind of impact is evident with many other problem behaviors, including tobacco use, depression and attempted suicide, antisocial behavior, school problems, driving and alcohol, and gambling.
Youth recognizing the presence of an adult role model in their life is one example of a Developmental Asset. This campaign encourages youth to identify the positive role models in their lives. This campaign grew out of a concerning statistic from the 2007-2008 Youth Developmental Asset Survey of La Plata County: only 28% students responded they had a positive adult role model in their lives. Thank you to community efforts to support the ARM campaign, the number increased to 37% in 2014-15 survey.
Do you have an adult role model you’d like to recognize?
- Archuleta County Nomination Form (for elementary students)
- Archuleta County Nomination Form (for middle and high school students)
- La Plata County Nomination Form
Thank you to Boys and Girls Club of La Plata County, Celebrating Healthy Communities, Boys and Girls Club of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Archuleta School District, Archuleta County Victims Assistance Program, and Big Brothers Big Sisters for their continued support of this campaign!
In an effort to encourage community event planners to consider participants of all ages, the Healthy Event Seal of Approval was developed to recognize events that are alcohol-free, appropriate for children, youth, and families, and are affordable.
Past event recipients of the Healthy Event Seal of Approval:
- Bayfield’s Old Fashioned Christmas (Town of Bayfield)
- Mutton Harvest and Easter Egg Hunt (Diné Club of FLC’s Native American Center)
- Hozhoni Days (Wambiodiota Club of FLC’s Native American Center)
- Poetry Slam, Healing Spirits (Peaceful Spirit)
- Children’s Pow Wow, Healing Spirts (Peaceful Spirit)
- Journey of Healing dinner and panel, Healing Spirits (Peaceful Spirit)
- Summer Fest (La Plata Family Centers Coalition)
- Cinco de Mayo (Companeros)
- Fiesta on the Mesa (El Centro de Muchos de Colores, Ft. Lewis)
- Zucchini Fest (Bayfield Garden Club and Pine River Library)
- Winterfest Fat Bike Fun Race (Pagosa Mountain Sports)
To nominate an event in La Plata or Archuleta County, please email Cindy Schultz.
Quitting is hard, but there are great free resources for those who are ready.
In addition to providing support resources to individuals, Health Policy and Systems works closely with health care providers to implement best-practices for tobacco treatment. We can provide technical assistance with the following:
- Meeting meaningful use requirements
- Billing Health First Colorado (Medicaid), Medicare, and private insurance
- Integrating small, but significant changes into patient flow to bolster intervention efforts
- Providing brochures, posters, signage, and other self-help materials for effective cessation resources