Colorado

Colorado Rocky Mountains
At a Glance
  • Population: 5,695,564
  • Local Health Departments: 54
  • Frequent Public Health Emergencies: Wildfires/Flash Flooding, Infectious Disease Outbreaks, Tornadoes
  • Key Emergency Operations Center Activations: 2020: COVID-19 Pandemic; 2018: Wildfires 2017: Hepatitis A Outbreak
  • CDC PHEP Funding:
    FY 2021: $10,407,154
    FY 2020: $10,066,666
  • CDC Crisis Response Funding: COVID-19
    FY 2021: $34,680,626
    FY 2020: $12,921,039
PHEP-Funded Staff
  • Epidemiologists: 1
  • Laboratorians: 3
  • Educators: 1
  • Other*: 16

*Includes IT specialists, administrative staff, statisticians, and other positions

Top 5 Preparedness Investments
  1. Emergency Operations Coordination
  2. Community Preparedness
  3. Medical Countermeasure Dispensing and Distribution
  4. Responder Safety and Health
  5. Medical Material Management and Distribution
Stories from the Field
Colorado Hepatitis
CDC Helps Colorado Control Hepatitis A Outbreak

In Colorado, PHEP provides emergency management training for local health department staff, ensuring they can keep residents safe and connect them with needed medical countermeasures during an outbreak or public health emergency. In March 2017, Colorado detected an increase in hepatitis A cases. PHEP-supported staff managed a response that incorporated several local public health agencies. Additionally, PHEP-supported epidemiologists investigated possible cases. The state set up and promoted vaccination clinics where approximately 1,500 people received hepatitis A vaccinations. By November 2017, cases of hepatitis A infection in Colorado had returned to normal levels.

Colorado Toxic Water
Protecting Community Members from Contaminated Water

In August, 2015, during an evaluation of the Gold King Mine in San Juan County, three million gallons of mine wastewater was unexpectedly released into a local creek, eventually impacting the Animas River. The PHEP program supported testing and analysis for 135 samples of drinking water, surface water, sediment, and fish tissue. Based on the results of the testing, state and local health authorities could advise residents about water quality in their communities and how to stay safe.

Page last reviewed: January 14, 2022, 01:00 pm