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State Funded Comprehensive Health Education

New Report! Per House Bill 23-1009, the Secondary School Student Substance Use Committee developed a report with a practice that secondary schools may implement to identify students who need substance use treatment, as well as interventions, resources, and referrals. Click here to learn more about the report.

About Comprehensive Health Education

The "Colorado Comprehensive Health Education Act of 1990" encourages every school district to provide a pre K-12th grade planned, sequential health education program. Parental and community involvement in the program is stressed. Parents and guardians have the right to exempt from any or all of the health education program. Local health advisory councils are encouraged and should be representative of the norms and values of the community.

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News and Announcements

CPR/AED Implementation of Senate Bill 23-023

The legislation state that: The comprehensive health education curriculum guidelines develop by CDE must include a training and education program included on the list maintained by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Office of Cardiac Arrest management pursuant to section 25-53-202, and the instruction must: 

(a) incorporate the psychomotor skills necessary to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation; and 
(b) use an automated external defibrillator. 
(II) all schools that provide instruction in grades nine through twelve are strongly encouraged to implement the curriculum identified by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Office of Cardiac Arrest.
(2) as used in this section, "psychomotor skills" means skills using hands-on practice to support cognitive learning.

Health Education Coordinators E-mail list

 If you would like to receive information about the grant and other health education resources, sign up for our Health Education Coordinators e-mail list

Health Education Coordinators E-mail List 

Colorado Department of Education Health Education Moodle Course

The Colorado Department of Education has collectively created a comprehensive course to support educators teaching health education. The goal of health education is for students to gain knowledge and become proficient in skills that will help them adopt and maintain healthy lives. The module course will equip educators to develop skills around implementing high impact teaching strategies and effective health education practices. Each of the course modules focuses on one important aspect of health education. The modules are set up to be viewed sequentially; however, they are self-contained, meaning there is flexibility to review the modules individually at your leisure. Modules have been created by Colorado health educators with support from the Colorado Education Initiative, and funding from the Colorado Health Foundation. 


Health Education Instructional Strategies Moodle Course

Current Grantees


  • East Grand
  • Harrison 2
  • Telluride R-1
  • CSI -Kwiyagat Community Academy
  • CSI - New American School
  • Jefferson County School District 
  • Center Consolidated School District
  • Steamboat Springs School District
  • Boulder Valley School District
  • Montezuma County Mancos School District



Academic Standards


The Comprehensive Health standards focus on personal decision-making around emotional and social well-being, positive communication, healthy eating, physical activity, tobacco, drug, and alcohol  abuse prevention and violence prevention. The standards underscore important skills for navigating today’s society with its complex and often confusing messages around health, beauty, and happiness.


Previously Funded Districts

Archuleta School District 50JT

La Veta School District RE-2


Colorado Springs School District 11



Thompson School District R2-J


Boulder Valley School District

Poudre School District

Lake County School District 

Harrison School District 2


Center Consolidated Schools 26JT 

South Routt School District

Douglas County School District RE-1



Canon City Schools Fremont RE-1


Hayden School District

Steamboat Springs School District RE-2


Las Animas School District RE-1


East Grand School District RE-2

Jefferson County Public School District

Steamboat Springs School District RE-2 

North Routt  

















For More Information on Comprehensive Health & Physical Education Training Offerings Contact:

James Hurley, Ph.D.
Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Content Specialist
P 303.866.6453 | C: 303.910.3901