Routt County is a rural county located 186 miles northwest of Denver in western Colorado. Routt County encompasses a total of 2,632 square miles. Routt County has a total population of 23,491. The population center of Routt County is the town of Steamboat Springs, with a population of 10,846. Steamboat Ski and Resort, a ski area in Steamboat Springs, attracts winter and summer tourism to Routt County. The 2007 median income in Routt County is $63,797 and the self-sufficiency standard for a family of four is $65, 791. Routt County has the 4th highest self-sufficiency standard in the State of Colorado. Because of the resort nature of this community, the area appeals to an affluent population for leisure and recreational uses, creating many service related jobs that are typically low pay, part time and lack benefits. This, in turn, results in a large low-income population in the area that lack social and health care services. Due to the lack of health care resources, there is a designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) in the southern portion of Routt County. BMI data has not been collected in the any of the three school districts in Routt County.
Routt County became a LiveWell grantee in 2009 and since then this community has become actively involved in developing a mission, vision, and strategic plan for LiveWell Northwest CO. The LiveWell Northwest CO Coalition is comprised of key stakeholders that represent a wide variety of groups within the three communities of Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Oak Creek. The Steering Committee provides oversight of the Coalition and is chaired by Karen Massey, Routt County Director of the CSU Extension.
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Barb Parnell, Ph.D.
LiveWell Northwest CO