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New Report from Colorado Health Institute on Connection Between Climate Change and Health in Colorado

Posted on July 10, 2017 

The Colorado Health Institute (CHI) today released a research brief that identifies the Coloradans most at risk of adverse health outcomes related to climate change.

Titled “Colorado’s Climate and Colorado’s Health: Examining the Connection,” the paper finds that rising temperatures, polluted air and wildfires are the climate change results expected to most affect the health of Coloradans.

The new report marks the first research by CHI, an independent and nonpartisan health policy research institute, into the impact of climate change on health. It was prompted by the growing body of scientific research connecting the two. 

A great deal of work is being done at the intersection of climate change and health. The American Public Health Association, for instance, has designated 2017 the year of climate change and health, calling climate change the nation’s greatest public health challenge.

Colorado’s children, seniors and people with lung or heart disease are especially at risk, the CHI paper reports.

Some of the findings, by category:

Rising temperatures.

Colorado’s average temperature has increased by two degrees Fahrenheit in the past 30 years, significantly outpacing historical trends. Extreme heat affects cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems. Coloradans who will be most impacted:

  • Almost six percent of Colorado’s adults have cardiovascular disease, putting them at an increased risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • The state’s 1.2 million children are especially vulnerable. Children absorb more heat than adults because they have a greater ratio of skin surface to weight.
  • The 711,000 seniors over age 65 are at increased risk because chronic illness and age can hinder their ability to regulate body temperature.
  • The seven percent of Colorado’s adults with diabetes can have trouble cooling their bodies on hot days, a result of damage to blood vessels and nerves that impact sweat glands.

Air quality.

Changes in weather patterns — even slight modifications of wind, temperature, humidity or cloud level — increase pollutants such as ozone, carbon dioxide and particulate matter, which in turn impact overall air quality. Health implications include breathing problems and extended allergy seasons. Coloradans who will be most impacted:

  • Seniors with bronchitis or emphysema.
  • The 107,000 children with asthma.
  • The approximately 380,000 adults with asthma.
  • The 180,000 Colorado adults with respiratory ailments such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
  • Coloradans who are prone to pollen and mold allergies.


Climate and weather strongly influence the health of forests and the intensity and size of wildfires. Health implications include asthma attacks, coughing, chest pain, and eye and nose irritation. Vulnerable Coloradans include:

  • Coloradans who live in the wildland-urban interface areas, more than two million residents in 2012.
  • Coloradans with COPD, asthma, and lung cancer.
  • People with cardiovascular disease.

The study's primary authors are CHI analysts Chrissy Esposito and Maggie Bailey. 

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Registration for Public Health in the Rockies 2017 is Now Open!

Posted July 26, 2017

Are you ready to register for the biggest public health conference in the region? We have received an abundance of excellent abstracts this year ranging from new leadership and professional development skill building sessions to innovation showcase sessions addressing substance use disorders and mental health integration. Not to mention, we have some exciting planning happening with partners for pre-conference activities and collaboration with other concurrent conferences! Get ready for the best and most collaborative PHiR yet!  

REGISTER NOW and don’t forget to book your hotel!


Join the 2017-2018 CPHA Board!

Posted July 26, 2017

Ready to step up and help lead Colorado’s largest and oldest public health association?

We are a dynamic, hardworking, ambitious and creative Board, backed by a solid budget, professional association management services and a highly skilled lobbying firm.  Serving on the CPHA Board is a highly rewarding experience, with opportunities for people at any stage of their public health career.

Open positions for the 2017-2018 Board year (October 2017 - September 2018):

  • President Elect (3-year Term Commitment)
  • Secretary (2-year Term Commitment)
  • Affiliate Representative to the Governing Council (ARGC) of the American Public Health Association (3-year Term Commitment)
  • Public Policy Director (2-year Term Commitment)
  • Professional Education - Junior Director (2-year Term Commitment)
  • Communications Director * (2-year Term Commitment)
  • Student Director (2-year Term Commitment)
  • At-Large Member (1-year Term Commitment)

Find out more about each position in our Bylaws and Policy & Procedure Manual.

*Note that the CPHA Policy and Procedure manual does not currently describe the additional duties of the Communications Director position. The Communications Director serves a two-year term, and is responsible for directing CPHA’s communications activities, including but not limited to the CPHA website, monthly newsletter, social media (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn), and other media and marketing, with administrative and technical support provided by our professional association management services.

We encourage you to nominate yourself or another candidate!

The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. on Friday, August 18th.

Submit Your Nominations Here

Meanwhile, if you or the Nominee have any questions regarding the CPHA Board positions please contact the Nominations Committee Chair, Burke Fishburn, at burkefish[email protected]


Annual Public Health Award Nominations Are Now Open!

Posted July 26, 2017

Nominations are now being accepted for the annual public health awards. These awards are an excellent opportunity to recognize and celebrate your colleagues and partner's amazing work. The awards are presented by the Colorado Public Health Association (CPHA), the Colorado Society for Public Health Educators (COSOPHE), the Public Health Nurses Association of Colorado (PHNAC),  the Wyoming Public Health Association (WPHA) and the Colorado School of Public Health at the 2017 Public Health in the Rockies conference in Keystone, Colorado. The Ignite and Awards social will be a fun evening of celebrating colleagues and shared-learning through Ignite presentations on the evening of Thursday, October 5th.

Nominate your colleagues HERE. Register to attend PHiR here.

All award nominations are DUE BY AUGUST 31st at 10pm MST


Please Welcome Our New Members!

Posted July 26, 2017

Extend a warm welcome to the following people and organizations who have recently joined the Colorado Public Health Association.

  • Taylor Burger
  • Jody Erwin
  • Jean Finn
  • Christina Foushee
  • Josh Kooman
  • Kirstin Le Grice
  • Robert Riester
  • Marion Rorke
  • Nicholas Roth
  • Jean Scandlyn
  • QuiNita Spann
  • Kaitlin Taylor
  • North Colorado Health Alliance

Thank you to all our members for your continual support of CPHA. Not a member? Join here!

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