Boulder County Area Agency on AgingFormerly Boulder County Aging Services, Boulder, CO
Nestled in the Rocky Mountain foothills northwest of Denver, Boulder County is a prime spot for aging baby boomers and retirees. A 2006 Colorado Department of Local Affairs report projected a 70% increase in the 60+ population between 2000 and 2012. This report and the reality it suggested were the foundation of the health and human division’s commitment to developing a widely supported 10-year plan for countywide aging services, along with an ongoing process of engagement that will reinforce the plan and assure its successful implementation.
Over an 18-month period of time, we designed and facilitated hundreds of organizations and professionals from local aging services, health care, education, and city government communities, along with elders and caregivers. The 10-year strategic plan plan for countywide aging services, adopted in 2006, continues to guide policy making, services and resource allocation. Additional results include:
- Widespread community support for the plan, which was adopted by the Boulder County Aging Services Board and Commissioners in July 2006.
- Inclusive structures were created that continue to foster high levels of engagement and integrated action.
- The initiative received local, regional, and national awards:
- Columbine Award (Colorado Parks and Recreation Association, 2008).
- Local Government Innovation Award for Planning with Vision (Denver Regional Council of Governments, 2007).
- Aging Innovations and Achievement Award (National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, 2007).
Testimonials: “The plan has transformed every aspect of our work, from funding to grant-making to staffing and more. Our inclusive process brought the plan to life— made it the real and powerful force for change that we’d hoped it would be.”
Sherry Leach, Aging Services Division Manager
Adapted from The Power of Appreciative Inquiry
Whitney and Trosten-Bloom, p. 259
Rocky Mountain Center Clients
Ameriquest Data Services
Colorado Permanente Group, Kaiser Healthcare
Coors Brewing Company
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
Hewlett-Packard Integrated Products Group
Hunter Douglas Window Fashions Division
Molson Coors Brewing Company
Piñon Management (now Vivage)
Sutter Health Care
The Timken Company
Boulder County Aging Services
City of Boulder
City and County of Denver
City of Longmont
Denver International Airport
Fort Collins Downtown Development Association
Larimer County, CO
Maricopa Association of Governments
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
National Security Administration
Pierce County (Washington)
Town of Buckeye
US Department of Agriculture
Adoption Exchange Association
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (“ASPA”)
Cameron United Methodist Church
Eastern Region of Food Banks
First Plymouth Congregational Church
National Endowment for Financial Education
Nurse Family Partnership
Rocky Mountain Adoption Exchange
Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Center
Santa Maria High School
Unitarian Universalist Assocation
United Religions Initiative
Corporation for Positive Change Consulting P
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