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    JCPH Announces Partnership with Lutheran Medical Center (También Disponible en Español)

    Bringing your newborn home from the hospital can be both exciting and overwhelming. Families in Jefferson County now have a new, free resource to support them through the many joys and challenges of welcoming a new baby. Read more.
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    There is No Safe Level of Radon Gas, Test Your Homes This January (También Disponible en Español)

    Over the past 17 years, more than half of the homes in Jefferson County have tested positive for high radon levels and because of Colorado's geology, every home could have radon. Radon is a health concern that can gradually affect you and your family. Read more.
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    On World AIDS Day, JCPH Promotes HIV Testing (También Disponible en Español)

    Communities worldwide observe World AIDS Day every year on December 1. It is a day to remember those who have lost their lives to HIV/AIDS as well as spreading awareness and showing support for those living with the virus. Read more.
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    Prioritize Safety for a Delicious Holiday Season (También Disponible en Español)

    The holiday season is right around the corner, and often food is at the center of most celebrations. As many people get ready to prepare their holiday meals, it’s important to prioritize food safety to reduce the risk of foodborne illness. Read more.
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    Preventing Lead Exposure in Children

    Ensuring our children are happy and thriving in a safe and healthy environment is extremely important to us all. Each year for National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, JCPH works to increase awareness in an effort to reduce childhood exposure to lead. Read more.
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    Jeffco Board of Health Welcomes New Board Member, Sarah Lampe (También Disponible en Español)

    On Sept. 26, 2023, the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners announced they appointed Sarah Lampe as the newest member of the Jefferson County Board of Health, effective October 2023. The Board of Health is the governing agency for JCPH. Read more.
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    Cat with Plague Found in Jefferson County

    On Oct. 18, 2023, a cat located in the area of Meyer Ranch Park located at S. Turkey Creek Road and Highway 285 tested positive for plague. The cat is the first case of plague in Jefferson County this year. Read more.
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    Get Vaccinated this Fall to Help Reduce Spread of Respiratory Virus (También Disponible en Español)

    As we enter respiratory illness season, JCPH is encouraging the community to get vaccinated and help reduce disease transmission of three circulating respiratory viruses, including flu, RSV and COVID-19. Read more.
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    This SepticSmart Week, Keep Your System Running Smoothly

    Septic systems generally go unnoticed until something goes wrong. This fall, don’t let things get backed up. SepticSmart week, an annual event focused on educating homeowners and communities on the proper care & maintenance of their septic systems. Read on...
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    National Preparedness Month - Preparing for disasters before they happen (Disponible en Español)

    Disasters disrupt lives every year, leaving behind lasting effects on both people and property. This National Preparedness Month, JCPH reminds community members about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. Read more.
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    JCPH Looks to Community to Help Shape the Future of Public Health in Jeffco (Disponible en Español)

    JCPH is looking for community members who want to help shape the future of public health in Jeffco. As the department begins the process of developing its CHIP, JCPH is inviting individuals to offer input about the health topics that impact their lives. Read more.
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    JCPH Announces Observance of International Overdose Awareness Day (También Disponible en Español)

    International Overdose Awareness Day is August 31, 2023, and JCPH and the Points West Syringe Services Program are encouraging residents to get involved. Read more.
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    JCPH and BOH Announce New Executive Director, Dr. Sarah Story (También Disponible en Español)

    The Jefferson County Board of Health and Jefferson County Public Health are excited to announce Executive Director finalist Dr. Sarah Story, Ph.D., MPP, MPH as the new Executive Director of JCPH. Read more.
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    JCPH's WIC Program Receives USDA Premiere Breastfeeding Award of Excellence

    The USDA has awarded the JCPH WIC Program with the Premiere Breastfeeding Award of Excellence for their superior support of breastfeeding. JCPH’s WIC program is the only local agency in the state, to receive this award this year. Read more.
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    Celebrate Breastfeeding with Jefferson County Public Health (También Disponible en Español)

    As anyone who has nursed a baby — or loved someone who nursed a baby — knows, breastfeeding can be a beautiful, complex journey. For National Breastfeeding Month, JCPH aims to lift up the good parts and connect people with solutions to the hard parts. Read more.
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    JCPH emphasizes need for back-to-school vaccines (También Disponible en Español)

    Health is a top consideration for Jeffco families year-round, and when parents make sure their kids are up-to-date on all immunizations, they’re doing more than just getting shots - they’re charting the course for a safe, healthy school year. Read more.
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    JCPH Reports First Human Case of West Nile Virus in Jefferson County

    CDPHE has reported the first human case of West Nile Virus in Jefferson County. Additionally, WNV has been found in mosquitoes in at least seven counties throughout Colorado this season. Read more.
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    STATEMENT: Jefferson County Public Health announces finalist in Executive Director recruitment

    Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is excited to announce a finalist candidate for the currently open Executive Director position. Dr. Sarah Story, Ph.D., MPP, MPH, will be completing the multi-step, comprehensive interview process with JCPH this week. Read more.
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    JCPH Food Systems team announces efforts to reduce food insecurity (También Disponible en Español)

    The Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) Food Systems team has been integrating the lessons of the last several years to make meaningful changes to the way our county looks at food security. Read more.
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    Prevent animal- and insect-borne disease this summer (También Disponible en Español)

    As the weather warms up and community members start spending more time outdoors, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is sharing information to keep animals and insects from crashing Jeffco residents’ plans. Read more.
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    STATEMENT: Jefferson County Public Health welcomes new interim Executive Director, Jeff Zayach

    The Jefferson County Board of Health has hired an interim Executive Director for JCPH. Jeff Zayach, MS, will serve in this role as the department continues its recruitment efforts for a full-time, permanent director. Read more.
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    STATEMENT: JCPH offering updated bivalent doses as primary series (También Disponible en Español)

    Following approval from the FDA and CDC, Jefferson County Public Health will now be offering the updated, more-effective bivalent COVID-19 Pfizer and Moderna vaccines as both primary series and booster doses for all individuals ages 6 months and older. Read more.
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    JCPH advises residents about poor air quality during warmer months (También Disponible en Español)

    As we begin to spend more time outdoors this spring, JCPH wants to remind everyone the importance of air quality. During this time of year, when the climate is hot and dry, air quality can worsen and make normal, day-to-day activities outdoors riskier. Read on...
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    Rates of Syphilis rising in Jeffco and across Colorado (También Disponible en Español)

    In recent years, rates of some sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) have been on the rise in Jeffco, Colorado and nationwide, including a concerning increase in syphilis cases. Colorado has seen a 3.5-fold increase in syphilis rates from 2017. Read more.
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    STATEMENT: FDA approves wider use of bivalent vaccine, JCPH awaiting prescribing guidelines

    The FDA updated the authorizations and recommended vaccine schedules on April 18, 2023. With this update, monovalent vaccines are no longer able to be used. Instead, bivalent/omicron doses will be the only recommended vaccines available, pending approval. Read more.
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    JCPH honors 2022 Public Health Champions and releases annual report (También Disponible en Español)

    Across Jeffco, there are numerous organizations, businesses and people dedicating their time to making our community a better, healthier place. That’s why for National Public Health Week, JCPH is recognizing the 2022 Public Health Champions of the Year. Read more.
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    Take Steps to Protect and Preserve Jeffco’s Groundwater (También Disponible en Español)

    Water is a precious resource throughout Colorado, and one that we all must work to protect. Every March, JCPH commemorates National Groundwater Awareness Week as an opportunity to provide information about groundwater and offer resources to the community. Read more.
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    Nurse home visitation programs available for Jeffco families (También Disponible en Español)

    Being a parent can be both challenging and rewarding, especially during little ones’ earliest years. To help families better navigate these important times, JCPH offers several programs that connect parents and their children with personalized support. Read more.
  29. National Radon Action Month

    JCPH Recommends Jeffco Residents Test Their Homes for Radon (También Disponible en Español)

    January is National Radon Action Month, and JCPH is encouraging residents to protect themselves and loved ones from dangerous radon gas by testing their homes. To help, JCPH is offering 800 free radon test kits during the month of January. Read more.
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    First 2023 Case of Rabies in Colorado Found in Morrison (También Disponible en Español)

    A skunk found on Jan. 2, 2023 in Morrison near W. Belleview and Quincy Avenues has tested positive for rabies. This is the first rabid animal to be found in Jefferson County in 2023, as well as the first rabies case in the state this year. Read more.
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    Omicron booster doses now authorized for people 6 months and older (También Disponible en Español)

    As of Dec. 9, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have approved the bivalent booster doses (omicron boosters) for individuals ages 6 months and older. These doses are now available at JCPH. Read more.
  32. The Jefferson County Board of Health welcomes its latest member, Rachelle Woods.

    Jefferson County Board of Health Welcomes New Board Member, Rachelle Woods

    On Nov. 1, 2022, the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners appointed Rachelle Woods, MSN, RN, as the newest member of the Jefferson County Board of Health. The Board of Health is the governing body for Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH). Read more.
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    For World AIDS Day, JCPH encourages all residents to get tested and know their status

    Across the U.S., about 1.2 million people have HIV — and about 13 percent of them don’t know it and need testing. That’s roughly twice the population of Jefferson County. Read more.
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    Make this holiday season sweet by putting food safety at the forefront

    The holidays are a time for family, celebrations and — of course — food. As the winter holiday season kicks off, JCPH wants to remind all our residents that the best food you can put on the table for your loved ones is food that is safe. Read more.
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    JCPH selected for community air monitoring grant

    The EPA announced JCPH as 1 of 7 Colorado groups to receive funding to conduct air quality monitoring across CO. In partnership with local community groups, JCPH’s program aims to create local air monitoring capacity for underserved communities in Jeffco. Read more.
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    JCPH Advisory - Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza on the Rise Across Colorado

    JCPH and the CDA, have continued to monitor for reports of wild and domestic birds that have been infected with HPAI. On 10/17, samples submitted to CSU Veterinary Diagnostic Lab tested presumptive positive for HPAI in a backyard poultry flock in Jeffco. Read more.
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    Omicron booster doses available for all individuals ages 5 and older at JCPH

    As of 10/12/22, the FDA and CDC have approved the bivalent booster doses for all individuals ages 5+. Following this approval and updated vaccine guidance from the CDPHE, JCPH will begin offering omicron doses to children ages 5 and older in our clinic. Read more.
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    Flu Season is Here: Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones from the Flu

    As we enter flu season, JCPH is recommending the Jefferson County community, ages six months and older, get their annual flu vaccine. This is an added way to protect you and your family from the influenza virus and give you some peace of mind. Read more.
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    This National Preparedness Month, JCPH encourages residents to take action before disasters happen

    During National Preparedness Month, observed annually in September, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) wants to remind Jeffco community members to stay organized and ready in case of a sudden disaster or emergency event. Read on...
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    For Sexual Health Awareness Month, JCPH launches new resource called Text4SexFacts

    At JCPH, we know that it’s important for all members of our community to feel educated and empowered about their sexual health. That’s why for National Sexual Health Awareness Month, we are excited to announce a new text line called Text4SexFacts. Read more.
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    JCPH encourages all residents to take steps to keep their food safe

    JCPH's Environmental Health Services team works diligently with retail food establishments to make sure food safety standards are met. For National Food Safety Education Month, we encourage all members of our community to prevent foodborne illness. Read more.
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    New omicron boosters available now at JCPH clinic

    To continue to provide the best protection from the COVID-19 virus and its variants, JCPH is excited to announce the availability of new omicron (bivalent) booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at our clinic in Lakewood (645 Parfet Street). Read more.
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    For National Suicide Prevention Month and Week, JCPH reminds residents of vital resources

    Suicide is never an easy topic to discuss, but just as Jefferson County’s population continues to grow, so has the number of people suicide affects in our county. In 2021, suicide was the eighth leading cause of death among Jeffco residents. Read more.
  44. HELPING JEFFCO KIDS THRIVE: A review of Healthy Kids Colorado Survey data and public health services

    The beginning of a new school year is an exciting and busy time for families in Jefferson County. To help our community get a good start to the fall semester, JCPH is excited to announce the release of a new report. Read more.
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    Take Steps to Prevent Overdose and Create a Safer, Healthier Jeffco

    To honor the lives lost and to reduce the toll of overdose for all people in Jeffco, JCPH is observing International Overdose Awareness Day. JCPH also hopes to use this opportunity to remind all our residents that they can take to prevent overdose. Read more.
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    Novavax vaccine against COVID-19 now available at JCPH

    JCPH is excited to announce the availability of a new kind of COVID-19 vaccine at our clinic in Lakewood (645 Parfet St.). The new vaccine, called Novavax, is a protein-based vaccine, like many other routine immunizations. Read more.
  47. JCPH celebrates National Breastfeeding Month, emphasizes need for robust support of nursing families

    For National Breastfeeding Month, celebrated each year in August, JCPH wants to encourage and offer resources to all nursing parents and their support people, and to remind them we are available and by their side throughout their infant feeding journey. Read more.
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    JCPH Offers Tips to Stay Healthy and Safe during Poor Air Quality Days This Summer

    Each summer, Jefferson County, along with the entire Denver Metropolitan Area, faces challenges when it comes to clean, healthy and safe air. JCPH reminds residents of some simple steps they can take to protect themselves from poor air quality. Read more.
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    Take Steps to Prevent Animal- and Insect-borne Diseases this Summer

    This summer, Jefferson County Public Health reminds you to make sure insects and animals don’t crash the party. In Colorado, there are several insect- and animal-borne diseases you need to know about so you can keep your summer safe, healthy and fun. Read more.
  50. CDC authorizes vaccine for 6 months and older

    CDC authorizes COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 6 months and older

    Today, June 21, 2022, CDPHE updated its standing orders for the state to allow medical professionals to begin vaccinating our youngest community members. COVID-19 vaccines are now available and strongly recommended for all Coloradans 6 months and older. Read more.
  51. Get Paid to Get Tested at JCPH

    Get Paid to Get Tested at Jefferson County Public Health

    With rates of many sexually-transmitted infections on the rise, including HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV), it’s more important than ever to know your status. That’s why JCPH is hosting a special testing event. Read more.
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    JCPH Advisory: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

    Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is reaching out to all county residents who keep backyard poultry flocks (chickens, geese, ducks, quails, etc.) and farm owners with poultry to alert them to a strain of avian flu that has been detected in Colorado. Read more.
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    Notice: Jefferson County now in CDC’s Community Level High, additional precautions recommended

    As COVID-19 case counts and positivity rates have continued to increase across the state, Jefferson County has moved to COVID-19 Community Level High based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) metrics. Read more.
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    Jefferson County moves to CDC’s COVID-19 Community Level Medium

    With both case counts and positivity rates rising in Jefferson County, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has moved Jeffco from COVID-19 Community Level Low to Community Level Medium. Read more.
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    JCPH recognizes 2021 Public Health Champions and releases 2021 Report to the Community

    Every year, for National Public Health Week, JCPH recognizes those in Jeffco who have made significant contributions to public health. We congratulate this year's Public Health Champions. Also, we are proud to announce our 2021 Report to the Community. Read more.
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    JCPH Warns of Possible Exposure to Hepatitis A in Wheat Ridge

    JCPH and CDPHE advising the public about a potential exposure to hepatitis A at the King Soopers located at 5301 W. 38th Avenue in Wheat Ridge, Colo. A food handler at this location has tested positive for hepatitis A. Read more.
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    Jefferson County Board of Health Welcomes New Board member

    In February 2022, the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners appointed Hilda Gehrke as the newest member to the Jefferson County Board of Health. The Board of Health is the governing agency for Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH). Read more.
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