Jefferson County, Colo. — Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is proud to welcome lifelong Coloradan and current Wheat Ridge resident Cheri Jahn to the Jefferson County Board of Health, the governing body for public health decisions affecting the people and land in the county. Jahn brings with her extensive experience in entrepreneurship and policy, including 16 years in the state legislature.
“The Jefferson County Board of Health members have a range of expertise relevant to the community we serve. Our board members bring lived experience and continued education in topics such as nursing, epidemiology, environmental health and regulation, teaching and more,” said Greg Deranleau, President of the Jefferson County Board of Health. “Part of what Cheri Jahn adds to the conversation is a deep understanding of policymaking and the needs of small business owners in our community. In her first meetings, Cheri has already brought essential and enriching insight to our work.”
Jahn, who moved to Jefferson County as a teen, has been involved in the issues facing her community for years. She’s owned her small cleaning business for 41 years and raised three children in Wheat Ridge as a single mother.
Jahn began her service in the Colorado House of Representatives in 2001. During her two four-year terms, she served on several committees, and as Speaker Pro Tem for four years. She specialized in the inclusion of the business community and people from all sides of issues in the policymaking arena. After finishing her tenure in the House, Jahn was elected to the Colorado State Senate, where she served through 2018 on numerous committees. She maintained her commitment to bipartisanship and independence, even changing her party affiliation to unaffiliated to remove herself from the pressures associated with partisan politics.
Now that she is no longer serving as a legislator, Jahn still operates her cleaning company and offers consulting services for organizations on policy and strategy for governmental relations. As she begins her tenure on the Jefferson County Board of Health, Jahn hopes to use her lifetime of love for the county community to make a positive impact.
“I grew up in Jefferson County and have a strong interest in public health issues that affect our community. I worked closely with our local health department during my 16 years serving in the state legislature and continuing to monitor the health of our community is important to me,” Jahn said. “I believe my experience in working on so many of the issues that went before the local health department will be an asset in serving on the board. I am eager to work with others to achieve the best results for Jefferson County.”
Continuing Board of Health members include Greg Deranleau, President; Lane Drager, Vice President; Dr. Kimberley Krapek, Secretary; and Dr. Dawn Comstock. Members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to make policies and decisions that will help promote health and prevent disease in the county.
The Board meets at 4 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at Jefferson County Public Health, 645 Parfet Street. Meetings are open to the public, and community participation is welcome and encouraged during a public comment portion of every meeting. The Board will next meet on December 17, 2019. For more information, including minutes, agendas and any changes in schedule or location, please visit www.jeffco.us/3413/Board-of-Health.
About Jefferson County Public Health
Public health is what we as a society do collectively to prevent illness and premature death and promote health in our neighborhoods and communities. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is a nationally accredited health department committed to promoting and protecting health across the lifespan for all people through prevention, education and partnerships. To learn more about JCPH visit https://www.jeffco.us/public-health. You can also follow JCPH on Twitter @JeffcoPH, Instagram @JeffcoPH and Facebook @jeffcopublichealth.