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Our Focus on Health in Communities

The PHPR Collaborative focuses on improving community health through education, discussion and project collaboration with like minded professionals. With a focus on health equity, healthy eating, active living, access to recreation, connection to places and spaces and reducing social isolation we've got you covered. Whether you are in the city, suburbs, rural communities or mountain towns we've got the connections, experience, and ideas that help make it happen.    

Bringing Together Professionals

Join the hundreds of parks, recreation, pubic health, built environment, health education and health promotion professionals creating collaborative programs, education and opportunities in their home community to improve community health.  We're making a difference all over Colorado by breaking down silos, creating open dialogue and building relationships. 


Congrats! to Cate Townley - She's Award Winning

Cate Townley was awarded the Public Health Champion Award at Public Health in the Rockies on August 27th. Cate has contributed to the Collaborative in many ways.  She has been on the Summit Planning Committee, Speaker Committee, facilitating a Get Out~ Get Active Social and bringing together public health and parks professionals since she started her position at CDPHE.  Cate is a member of the Rx4PRONTOS Project Team as well.  Congratulations Cate for all your hard work. 

Congrats! to Brian Kates - He's Published

Brian Kates' (our co-founder) article "Ten Years After: How the Omaha System Helped Save Colorado Springs Community Centers from Closure" was recently published in the CIN (Computers, Informatics, Nursing) Journal Vol 38, Number 4. In the article he credits evidenced based data gathered through the Omaha System from their youth summer camps, Girls on the Run program, and gardening club show as the primary reason city council reinstated their funding.  He also points out the direct impact of collaborating with public health, healthcare, higher education and other multi-sector professionals to create a successful team. 


We're Award Winning

Jo Burns, the co-founder and director for the Collaborative, was awarded the President's Award for her work with the CO PHPR Collaborative at the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association Annual Conference. "It was an honor to be recognized in front of my peers for the amazing work we are doing with the Collaborative" said Burns. 

The CO PHPR Collaborative was awarded The Collaboration in Industry's first ever award for Exemplary Collaboration in Health and Wellness in December 2017

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