The Make TODAY Count! campaign is powered by a growing collaboration and commitment of individuals, agencies, and businesses throughout Colorado’s Weld County. It is supported by community benefit grants from Kaiser Permanente and The Colorado Health Foundation, and coordinated by the North Colorado Health Alliance.
The North Colorado Health Alliance was incorporated as a 501©(3) non-profit organization in 2002. The Alliance, based in the town of Evans in Colorado’s Weld County, supports creative and strategic collaboration among partner organizations dedicated to cultivating the health of the communities they serve and leverages collective action to enhance health in the region.
Alliance partners recognize that community health depends on much more than the accessible, affordable, and high quality medical, dental, and behavioral health services they provide. Our community health largely depends on features of the built environment and on a variety of social determinants that make it harder for many to resist the chronic illnesses of our times. Thinking globally, the Alliance acts locally and creatively to convene, integrate, and support community partners in our common effort to make northeastern Colorado the healthiest region in the healthiest state.
Mark Wallace, MD, MPH serves as our Chief Medical Officer and Chief Executive Office at the North Colorado Health Alliance. In 2001, innovating at a local level and acting with two other healthcare leaders, Dr. Wallace founded the North Colorado Health Alliance. Dr. Wallace has served as the Executive Director of the Weld County Department of Public Health & Environment since 2000. He also serves as a Colorado Access Regional Medical Director for Colorado’s new Medicaid ACC project launched in May 2011. He has been active in family medicine and graduate medical education for over 25 years, serving twice as the Family Medicine Residency Program Director at North Colorado Family Medicine in Greeley and as the Director of Graduate Medical Education for Banner Health – North Colorado Medical Center. As a board certified family physician he continues to see patients on a part-time basis. He attended the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, receiving his medical degree in 1984. Dr. Wallace subsequently completed a 3-year residency in Family Practice at the UCLA-Santa Monica Hospital Medical Center and then a 1-year post-graduate fellowship in Academic Family Medicine at the UCLA Center for the Health Sciences. He received his Masters in Public Health from the UCLA School of Public Health in 1989, and completed the Johnson & Johnson/UCLA Health Care Executive Program at the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA in 2004. Dr. Wallace gives generously of his time outside of work to serve the community, and is the recipient of multiple awards in recognition of his community service leadership. Dr. Wallace was the Vice-chair of Colorado’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Health Care Reform, and also served on the Centennial Care Choices Program Panel.
Carlee Rosen, MPH is the Campaign Coordinator for the Make TODAY Count! campaign. Carlee recently moved to Colorado from South Carolina, where she earned her Bachelors degree in Communication Studies and Chinese Language from Clemson University. After a brief period of working in the for-profit marketing world, she quickly realized that her true passion was in public health. Carlee finished her Masters in Public Health in May 2013 from the Colorado School of Public Health, and is excited to use her marketing and communication experience to promote health on the population level.
Katie Whitehead is the Marketing & Communications Specialist for the North Colorado Health Alliance, and spends a lot of her time on the Make TODAY Count! campaign. She grew up in Denver, and moved to Greeley five years ago to obtain her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology & Biomedical Sciences and received her minor in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. Currently, she has a passion for playing musical instruments and singing, and hopes to continue to play music and to pursue a career in Health Care. Katie is excited to help with the campaign and is eager to spread awareness of how to live a healthy lifestyle.