IBE helped establish the Salud Community Health Collaborative to guide the planning of an accessible, inclusive health hub in Fort Collins.

The Colorado Health Foundation awarded a one-year planning grant to design a proposed model for a community health hub in northwest Fort Collins at Salud Family Health Center’s newest clinic. IBE led the initiative to plan the proposed community hub guided by the principle ‘make health more about community.’ Collaborative members included Salud Family Health Centers, Food Bank for Larimer County, Vida Sana, Sproutin’ Up, Bike Fort Collins, One Health Institute at CSU, and Human Development and Family Studies at CSU.

The Health Hub, as envisioned, would be located at 1830 Laporte Avenue providing a centralized, inclusive space where Salud patients, providers, staff, and local community members can easily connect to a network of local organizations and service providers to achieve improved health outcomes.

Key Services

  • Facilitated hands-on LENSES workshops to support collaborative and community members in creating a unique vision for the Health Hub
  • Engaged service providers and local community members to better understand their needs, barriers, and opportunities for health and wellbeing
  • Facilitated focus groups, one-on-one meetings, and design workshops
  • Examined both the surrounding built environment infrastructure and the health hub site designs with walking and transportation audits
  • Influenced the conceptual site plan to best support the specific health and well-being needs of the focus community using active design, universal design, healthy community design, and other evidence-based design frameworks

Final Deliverables

“IBE and the Salud team have done an outstanding job at demonstrating why and how to authenticate engage diverse groups of community members. Their process sets the bar and serves as a model for others seeking to improve the way we design spaces to meet the needs of the entire community.” — Deirdre Sullivan, Executive Director of The Family Center of Fort Collins


Katie Vega presenting at CHF Kickoff Tent at Salud Reception Fair Sticky notes on a map at CHF meeting