About Us

Denver's Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) is dedicated to advancing Denver's environmental and public health goals. DDPHE works collaboratively with city, state and community partners to conduct education, community engagement, and enforcement to ensure healthy people, healthy pets, and a healthy environment.

Mission Statement

Empowering Denver’s Communities to Live Better, Longer

We do this by providing people with opportunities that support their well-being and by improving services that enrich our community.

Vision Statement

To be the best public health department in the country

We must address bias, inequity, and access by working together to build the public health system of the future.

Culture Statement

We foster an inclusive culture by respecting the values, customs, and authenticity of everyone, and by implementing equitable public health strategies so Denver communities can thrive.

Management Team

  • Bob McDonald - Executive Director
  • Ann Cecchine-Williams - Deputy Executive Director
  • Alice Nightengale - Deputy Director
  • Melanie Sobel - Director, Animal Protection
  • Emily Williams - Director, Communications & Marketing
  • Tristan Sanders - Director, Community & Behavioral Health Division
  • Gregg Thomas - Director, Environmental Quality Division
  • James Caruso - Director, Office of the Medical Examiner
  • Danica Lee - Director, Public Health Investigations Division 
  • Meggan Parezo - Director, Shared Services & Business Operations

Published Rules & Regulations


Our Partners

Public Health Institute at Denver Health

Denver Department of Public Health & Environment partners with Public Health Institute at Denver Health to provide clinical care and educational opportunities to Denver residents. 

Metro Denver Partnership for Health

Denver Department of Public Health & Environment is a member of the Metro Denver Partnership for Health, whose mission is to improve population health regionally with collective action.

MDPH is a partnership between public health, health systems, Regional Accountable Entities, human services, and regional health alliances. MDPH works alongside regional leaders in behavioral health, environment, philanthropy, local government, education, and others to achieve its goals of promoting health and well-being across the region.

MDPH is led by eight metro Denver public health partners (LPHAs) — Adams County Health DepartmentArapahoe County Public HealthBoulder County Public HealthBroomfield Department of Public Health and EnvironmentDenver Department of Public Health & EnvironmentDouglas County Health Department, Jefferson County Public Health, and the Public Health Institute at Denver Health — that serve Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Boulder, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson counties.

MDPH’s work impacts roughly 3 million Coloradans, half of the state’s population, who live in this region.

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