What is PiLA?
PiLA is an acronym for Partnerships in Local Advocacy and is our program for supporting local campaigns – policy change at the city, county, or special district level.
In partnership with local health advocates and community members, we support local campaigns with resources in various forms, including direct financial campaign contributions, in-kind support, or strategic input. Beyond financial support, our assistance can include:
- Guidance on communications, field and political strategy.
- Execution of direct voter contact, such as mail, canvassing, phone outreach, and training for volunteers.
- Technical assistance on maintaining legal compliance.
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We believe that the best ideas to improve the health of communities come from the community itself. Do you have a campaign or campaign idea you would like help with? If so, complete this form here.
The best way to describe the program is to share the range of campaigns we have supported. To date, we have completed 27 PiLA campaigns across the state.
Mental and Behavioral Health Campaigns
2017: Larimer Co. sales tax to fund mental health care and substance use services
2017: School District 11 in El Paso co. mill levy to strengthen mental health services in schools
2017: Eagle Co. marijuana tax increase to fund mental health
2017: Denver voter approval of bonds to fund parks, addiction services, and safe sidewalks and bike lanes
2018: San Miguel Co. mill levy to provide mental health services
2018: Caring 4 Denver sales tax increase to fund mental health care and alternatives to jail
2018: Summit Co. mill levy to increase funding for mental health and suicide prevention, early childhood education, and wildfire mitigation
Physical and Health Equity Campaigns
2016: City of Boulder excise soda tax to fund greater access to healthy food, beverages, and recreation opportunities
2017: City of Durango effort to fight against removing the addition of fluoride to the city’s drinking water
2017: South Park helped to establish and fund a health services district in order to re-open the area’s only primary care facility
2018: South Park Ambulance District asked voters to approve a mill levy increase to decrease response times and build a community paramedic program
2018: Ute Pass Ambulance District asked voters to approve a sales tax to decrease response times and add a third ambulance to the fleet
2018: Healthy Food for Denver was a campaign to increase sales tax to provide healthy meals and education to low-income Denver kids
2018: Healthy Parks and Rivers for Everyone increased the sales tax in Denver to fund the expansion of parks and maintain trails
2019: Meeker ballot measure to continue the fluoridation of the community’s water
2019: Denver voters approve a new Department of Transportation and Infrastructure to increase mobility and safety while reducing traffic congestion and fighting climate change
2020: Rangely voters supported a measure to continue flouridating their water.
Social and Economic Equity Campaigns
2019: Denver council members voted to increase the minimum wage for all Denverites which will improve both physical and mental health outcomes
Teen Vaping Reduction Campaigns
2017: Aspen raised taxes on cigarettes in order to curb usage and fund health programs
2018: Basalt raised taxes on cigarettes in order to curb usage and fund health programs
2018: Avon raised tobacco taxes to curb usage and fund health programs
2019: Denver, through vote of council, raised the age of purchase on all tobacco and nicotine products from 18 to 21
2019: Morgan Co. voters were asked to establish and fund a public parks and rec district
2019: Summit Co. following raising the purchase age to 21, raised taxes on tobacco and vaping products
2019: Eagle Co. following raising the purchase age to 21, raised taxes on tobacco and vaping products
2020: Carbondale approved a nicotine tax measure to curb usage and fund health programs
PiLA by the Numbers