Jefferson County, CO — From immunizations to restaurant inspections, from early childhood health to emergency preparedness, the programs at Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) affect our communities each day.
That’s why we’re celebrating National Public Health Week from April 3-9, 2017. It’s a chance to tell you about all the ways we can serve you and your family, and an opportunity to make a difference.
The theme for 2017 National Public Health Week is “Healthiest Nation 2030,” and is based around The American Public Health Association’s (APHA) goal to cultivate the healthiest nation in the world in just one generation. Jefferson County Public Health is joining the APHA in this goal by advocating for healthy and equitable policies, the power of prevention, successful community partnerships and the importance of a strong public health system.
Each day this week, JCPH will share videos on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channel to highlight some of the programs and people that work to keep our communities healthy and safe. We encourage all members of the community to celebrate National Public Health Week by engaging with us on social media and sharing the ways public health makes a difference in their lives using the hashtag #JCPH.
Other ways to get involved:
- Join a local public health coalition. The Healthy Jeffco Network is a partnership of more than 400 community partners in seven coalitions who work to make the county a healthier place to live, learn, work and play. The coalitions include: Active Living, Food Policy, Jeffco Sips Smart, Health in Early Childhood, School Wellness, Preventive Care & Behavioral Health Resources and Jeffco Thrives. Visit Healthy Jeffco’s website to learn more about how to get involved.
- Attend a screening for The Raising of America. The Raising of America is a documentary that explores how a strong start for all children can lead to a healthier, more equitable America. Healthy Jeffco’s Health in Early Childhood Coalition will host a screening and community discussion about the film from 5-7 p.m. April 17, 2017 at the Golden Library. To RSVP or get more information, go to roa-golden.eventbrite.com.
- Sign the Healthy Beverage pledge. Did you know that one bottle of fruit punch has as much sugar as 10 chocolate chip cookies? Take a pledge to serve your family healthy beverages for 30 days and be entered to win a variety of prizes for the whole family.
- Get yourself, your family and your pets immunized! From infancy to adulthood, immunizations help prevent serious illness and even death. The Jefferson County Public Health clinic at 645 Parfet Street in Lakewood offers vaccines for the whole family. Remember to take care of furry family members, too — important vaccines, such as the rabies vaccine, are essential to maintaining health and safety for Fido.
- Join a local prevention team. Tobacco is the leading preventable cause of death in Colorado. You can help prevent youth tobacco use and support smoke-free environments in your community by joining an action committee such as the Smoke-Free Places Action Committee or the Citizens for a Healthier Lakewood coalition. Learn more about these groups and more by visiting tobaccofreejeffco.com.
- Test the water and air around your home. Keeping your family as healthy as possible starts at home. You can create healthier environments by testing your home for radon gas, testing your well water for contaminants, and more. Learn more about air and water quality at http://jeffco.us/public-health/healthy-environments/.
- Visit us online at jeffco.us/public-health for more information about all our services.
Follow Jefferson County Public Health on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube to see behind-the-scenes videos of our programs and keep up with the latest in public health. To learn more about National Public Health Week and ways you can get involved in making a healthier America, go to http://www.nphw.org/.
Public Health Communications