Behavioral Health & Inclusion Worklead
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Aimee Voth Siebert is the Behavioral Health and Inclusion Work Lead for CDPHE's Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response (OEPR). Aimee holds a Masters in International Disaster Psychology from the University of Denver and has grown multi-disciplinary emergency knowledge and experience in both domestic and international settings.
Aimee began working with OEPR in May 2012, supporting Colorado responses for the 2012, 2013, and 2018 Wildfire Seasons, the Aurora Theater Shooting, the September 2013 floods, the Black Friday Shooting, and the STEM High School Shooting. In 2015, she deployed to Sierra Leone with CDC's Ebola Response as a Health Promotion Specialist. She conducted rapid behavioral assessments in community settings to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of systems and emergency communication to change community health-seeking behaviors. In October 2017, she led a Colorado disaster mental health team to support Puerto Rico's response to Hurricane Maria.
Aimee promotes a people-centered lens for emergency planning and response. She contributes leadership to the development of Colorado’s Access & Functional Needs Program. She offers training in disaster behavioral health, access & functional needs, community inclusion, and crisis communications. She is certified as a State Crisis Counseling Program trainer and grant writer, a CDC Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication Trainer, a Strategies for Trauma Awareness & Resilience Practitioner and an Advanced Public Information Officer.
The Community Inclusion in Colorado (CICO) program has gained recognition around the country. In 2015, the CICO mapping project (bit.ly/communityinclusionmaps) was recognized as a "promising practice" for Emergency Management Inclusive of People with Disabilities by FEMA and the ADA National Network. Aimee’s work was also awarded CDPHE’s Health Equity and Environmental Justice Award in 2017. She has been consulted about integrating access & functional needs into public health and other emergency practices by federal programs, regional learning centers, and national conferences & workshops.