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.
Population Health Director | 970 335 2067
Communities That Care (CTC) guides communities through a proven five-phase change process that promotes positive youth development, improves outcomes and reduces problem behaviors among youth. CTC applies tested and effective strategies that increase resiliency so youth are less likely to engage in problem behaviors and more likely to live according to the clear standards for healthy behavior. These strategies focus on creating a stronger sense of connectedness to their families, community and society. With the support of a dedicated CTC coordinator, this process empowers community members to take ownership for the long term health, safety and well-being of youth.
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 Colorado, and around the world, tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death. Tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke kill almost 5,100 Coloradans each year.
- Share Clean Air: Reducing Exposure to Secondhand Smoke
- Extinguishing the Tobacco Epidemic in Colorado
San Juan Basin Public Health works to reduce tobacco initiation, use, and exposure to secondhand smoke by:
- Assisting local organizations to implement and sustain tobacco free workplace policies
- Providing cessation resources to local organizations and community members
- Reducing exposure to secondhand smoke through education and policy development
- Supporting local school districts on Tobacco Free Schools policies and education
If you or someone you know needs support to quit smoking, here are links to free resources available:
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 Laura Warner.