Health Equity

What is Health Equity?

Health equity is the ability for everyone to reach their full health potential, regardless of any socially determined status. Health equity in action involves removing barriers and providing resources for communities that are most impacted by a health issue.

A Health Equity Workgroup was formed in 2022 with the goal to develop a comprehensive plan with key strategies to reduce health inequities in Broomfield. After months of planning and partner review, the 2023-2027 Health Equity Plan has been approved by the Board of Health.

Broomfield Public Health and Environment’s Beliefs

  • Every person, no matter their race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, language, religion or ability, has the right to access culturally relevant information, resources, and services to improve their health and wellbeing.
  • Communities are the experts in their health needs and drive services and programs.
  • Authenticity and respect are the foundations for strong community partnerships.
  • Anti-racist and anti-discriminatory approaches, policies, and systems are required to achieve equity.

Health Equity Statement, Approach, and Framework

Broomfield Public Health and Environment’s Approaches to Advance Equity

Broomfield Public Health and Environment (BPHE) is dedicated to promoting health equity through all of its programs, services, and interactions by:

  • Prioritizing community voice and using data to identify opportunities for health improvement in the community
  • Developing collaborative approaches to combat health inequities in vulnerable communities
  • Working across sectors and strengthening community partnerships that foster health equity and antiracism
  • Asking critical questions about the upstream factors (socioeconomic factors, discrimination, and structural inequalities) that affect the health of our community, and collaborating on innovative solutions with the community
  • Recognizing that there is always more to learn, and that our approaches can and should continuously improve

Health Equity Framework

BPHE utilizes a tailored health equity framework based on the BARHII Framework that informs our approach:

BPHE Health Equity Framework. Click the link below for an accessible description.

Click here for an accessible version of the framework.

Health Equity in Action

Here are a few examples of health equity in action in Broomfield:

Broomfield serves as a liaison for the Behavioral Health Ambassador program with the Metro Denver Partnership for Health (MDPH). MDPH is partnering with community organizations to reduce stigma associated with mental health among Latinx, African American/Black, and LGBTQ+ adults in the metro Denver region. The goal of this project is to reduce the percentage of self-reported mental health stigma by 5% among adults within these priority populations by 2025.

  1. City & County of Broomfield Title IV, Equity, Anti-Discrimination Statement and Policy

    The City and County of Broomfield operates without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship, immigration status, gender, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, level of income, military status, or disability in all programs and activities. This statement is in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Restoration Act of 1987, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and related statutes and regulations.

    The City and County of Broomfield is committed to facilitating an equitable community and workplace. Through coordinated strategic efforts and departmental alignment, CCOB advocates for making services accessible to all, especially those that have been historically excluded and under-resourced, including but not limited to Black, Indigenous and Persons of Color, Women, those who are Differently-Abled and members of LGBTQIA+ communities.

    The City and County of Broomfield ensures that every effort will be made to prevent discrimination through the impacts of its programs, policies, and activities on minority and low-income populations. Furthermore, the City and County of Broomfield will take reasonable steps to provide meaningful access to services for persons with limited English proficiency.