“Wear gratitude like a cloak, and it will feed every corner of your life.” – Rumi
FAVORITE PLACE IN COLORADO
Telluride during the Telluride Bluegrass Festival
Skiing all the gorgeous mountains the Western U.S. has to offer
Nicole Steffens joined the Colorado Health Institute in October 2019 as a Program Manager. Nicole is responsible for managing and facilitating public health and health system programing, including the Metro Denver Partnership for Health.
Prior to coming to CHI, she was the Program Coordinator for a multicounty HPV prevention grant at Denver Public Health. There, she was responsible for leading health systems, communication, and quality improvement efforts aimed at increasing adolescent vaccination rates across Colorado. In 2018, the Colorado Public Health Association awarded her the Emerging Leader in Public Health Award for this regional collaborative work.
Nicole has also served as an Assistant Researcher studying medical decision-making and surgical outcomes at the University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery. Her specialties included improving patient and provider communication and helping older adults make health care choices that align with their values.
She earned a master’s degree in public health from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, where she worked with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau on continuing education and with the Association of Minnesota Counties on local legislative issues. Nicole also has a bachelor’s in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Outside of CHI, she is an avid skier, biker and yogi.
- Metro Denver Partnership for Health: Local public health agencies, CDPHE, health systems, human services, Regional Accountable Entities, and health alliances
Skills: Facilitation, convening, strategic planning, grant writing, health messaging communication, training
- COVID-19 response
- Care coordination
- Social determinants of health
- Behavioral health
I Do This Work Because… I believe in the importance of having diverse representation and voices in all the work we do. If we want to ensure that our communities have positive health outcomes, it is crucial we work together across sectors and with the community to hear, understand and address the various barriers and issues they experience. I am excited to be at the forefront of these important conversations across a variety of topics and needs to ensure all Coloradans live long and healthy lives.