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.
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: