The Southwest Colorado Index, previously called the Pathways to Healthier Communities Indicator Report, was first published in 1996 by Operation Healthy Communities Inc. (OHC).That first edition was conceived before data was readily available on the Internet, and there was a tremendous need for localized data as well as a single document to measure community trends. OHC developed vision statements with broad-based community input that defined what a healthy community would look like, and various measures were collected and developed to track changes and evaluate trends over time. After producing
five editions of the Indicator Report, the Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado (Region 9) took over publication of the document in 2008. The 2015 edition, produced in a series of installments, is provided courtesy of several regional organizations that recognize the importance of up-to-date information.