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Posted on: May 11, 2018

JCPH Offers a Chance to Put Mom's Health First

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Jefferson County, Colo. — At Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH), we value the health and well-being of our community’s mothers and mothers-to-be. That’s why this Mother’s Day (May 13), we’re celebrating the Moms, Aunties, Grandmas, Mamás, Tías, Nanas, Abuelas and mother figures in our lives by doing the same thing they do for us year-round — putting them first.


“Moms give so much to their little ones to make sure they are loved, cared for and healthy,” said Dr. Margaret Huffman, Director of JCPH’s Community Health Services Division, and mother of two. “On Mother’s Day, JCPH encourages you to give that same gift back to a mother figure in your life. Start the conversation. Make sure she has her health needs met.”


JCPH offers a variety of services for mothers-to-be, new mamas and moms of all ages. In celebration of Mother’s Day and to kick off National Women’s Health Week (May 13-19), we’ve compiled an easy-to-share list:


  • Pregnancy-related depression resources: JCPH supports regional pregnancy-related depression support networks that offer both English and Spanish resources on coping and how to offer support for women suffering from postpartum depression and anxiety.


  • WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children): WIC provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support, prescriptions for healthy food and more, free of charge to Colorado families who qualify. WIC’s goal is to help keep pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under age 5 healthy. JCPH has four WIC clinics across the county in Lakewood, Littleton, Wheat Ridge and Arvada.


  • Birth certificates: The JCPH Vital Records Office issues official birth certificates both by mail and in person at our office in the Dakota Building in Golden, located at 800 Jefferson County Parkway, Suite 1300.


  • NEW! Individual lactation consults: JCPH now offers lactation services in our clinic at 645 Parfet St. in Lakewood on a sliding-fee scale. International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) can help with breastfeeding questions at any time during pregnancy and after the baby’s birth.


  • Nurse-Family Partnership: The Nurse-Family Partnership program is a free prenatal and early childhood nurse home visitation program for first-time mothers who meet financial guidelines. If you are pregnant with your first baby, or your first child is less than one month old, you can enroll in Nurse-Family Partnership. A nurse will listen to you and answer your questions. You can learn about how to stay healthy during pregnancy, caring for a newborn and how to support your child’s growth and development.


  • Prenatal Plus: Prenatal Plus offers nurse home visitations to qualifying women during pregnancy and for up to 2 months after the baby is born. Prenatal Plus team members offer support and education, providing answers to questions about pregnancy, labor and delivery, breastfeeding, birth control and how to care for your baby.


  • Healthy Communities: Healthy Communities is a free, non-medical, care coordination and outreach program for children under 21 and pregnant women who are on Medicaid or Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+). The program helps patients find a medical home, provide linkage to community resources, navigate the benefits system, troubleshoot Medicaid billing issues and with other services as needed.


  • Family planning: The clinic provides confidential, nonjudgmental birth control services, including education, counseling, women’s annual exams, treatment as well as contraceptive methods. Most services are provided on a sliding fee scale and no one is ever turned away. The clinic can also bill Medicaid and several private insurances. The JCPH clinic has providers and staff who speak Spanish and interpretation services are available for clients who speak other languages or are hearing impaired or are hearing impaired.


  • Immunizations: The clinic provides immunizations for children and adults to prevent diseases that can cause serious illness and in some cases death. Women can not only protect their health, but their peace of mind, by ensuring their family is healthy and safe from vaccine-preventable diseases at the JCPH clinic.


  • Breast and cervical cancer screening: The clinic also provides patient navigation and case management to eligible women for breast and cervical cancer screenings.


  • Tobacco cessation: JCPH not only links moms and others in the community to tobacco cessation resources, but works to reduce the impact of tobacco and secondhand smoke in the community, which creates a healthier environment for everyone. The JCPH WIC and Prenatal Plus programs also offer Baby & Me Tobacco Free, a smoking cessation incentive program to help moms-to-be and new moms get and stay tobacco free.


  • HCP Program for Children with Special Health Care Needs: The HCP program provides in-depth, one-on-one care coordination for families of children — birth to 21 years — who either have or are at risk of having special health care needs. Examples of care coordination activities include assistance with identifying local services, finding insurance or other financial resources and supporting important transitions such as from hospital to home or from child to adult care.


  • Air quality alerts: On days when there is poor air quality, JCPH posts air quality alerts on its website. This is especially important on days with high levels of ozone or wildfire smoke, and these alerts can be particularly helpful for families in which a person suffers from asthma and other respiratory ailments. Moms and other women in the community can subscribe to these alerts to know what days they should minimize outdoor activity for themselves and their loved ones. Sign up for alerts at www.jeffco.us/2331.


  • Radon test kits: Radon is a dangerous and naturally occurring radioactive gas that you cannot smell, taste or see. The gas is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. In Jefferson County, about half of homes tested have high levels of radon. Luckily, testing is simple and inexpensive. JCPH offers radon test kits for only $10. Call 303-271-5700 or visit www.jeffco.us/2337 for more information.


  • Restaurant report cards: JCPH Environmental Health Specialists perform inspections of more than 2,000 food service establishments within Jefferson County. Moms around the county can feel more confident in their food choices by checking out their favorite restaurants and retail food establishments’ most recent food inspection reports at https://retailfood.jeffco.us/amandaitoirf/.


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 committed to promoting and protecting health across the lifespan through prevention, education and partnerships for all people. To learn more about JCPH, visit https://www.jeffco.us/public-health. You can also follow JCPH on Twitter @JeffcoPH and Facebook @jeffcopublichealth.

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