Public Health Finance Symposium - August 25, 2017 


The purpose of the interactive symposium is to create a public platform to discuss methods for (a) communicating the value of public health and (b) maintaining and managing public health infrastructures and services through likely policy changes and unexpected financial shifts.

Date:     Friday, August 25, 2017                                                                                                

Time:    9:00am – 2:00pm

Venue: CU South Denver Campus, 10035 S. Peoria St, Parker, CO 80134

Theme: Sustainability of public financing for public health

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the history and impact of Colorado’s Public Health Act of 2008, including what can still be improved upon
  • Assess the status of public funding for public health in the new political context
  • Craft a narrative for the value/cost effectiveness of public health that resonates with legislators and the wider public

Agenda Topics and Speakers 

Colorado’s Public Health Act of 2008: History

  • Senator Bob Hagedorn, MUA
  • Lee Thielen, MPA, Thielen Consulting

Colorado’s Public Health Act of 2008: Accomplishments and Current State of Public Health Financing

  • Larry Wolk, M.D., MSPH, Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)

Local Public Health Perspectives on Challenges Current State of Funding Poses for Public Health

Moderator-Heather Weir, MPH, RD, Director, Office of Planning, Partnerships and Improvement, CDPHE


  • Liane Jollon, RN, Director, San Juan Basin Health Department
  • Mark Johnson, MPH, MD,  Executive Director, Jefferson County Public Health
  • John Douglas, Jr., MD, Executive Director, Tri-County Health Department
  • Sylvia Proud, MS, IPMA/CP, Public Health Director, Pueblo County

Framing the Value of Public Health

  • Marcelo Coca Perraillon, PhD, Assistant Professor, Colorado School of Public Health
  • Elaine Morrato, DrPH, MPH, CPH, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice, Colorado School of Public Health

Legislators Plenary: Legislators with a record of supporting public health will speak to their efforts to shepherd public health legislation and make the case for public health’s value.

Moderator-Ned Calonge, MD, MPH, President and CEO The Colorado Trust


  • Senator Irene Aguilar, MD
  • Representative Joann Ginal, PhD
  • Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese, JD