Jefferson County, Colo. — In 2019, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is celebrating its 60th Anniversary of service to the people of Jefferson County. Here at JCPH, we pride ourselves in our mission to promote and protect the health of all residents across the lifespan through prevention and education efforts, as well as partnerships with other organizations, agencies and businesses in the area.
“While we began as one of the members of Tri-County Health Department in 1948, we became the Jefferson County health department in 1959, focusing the work of our vigilant public health workforce on the residents of this county. It was a very different time for public health. Seatbelts were optional in cars and cigarettes had no warning labels,” said Dr. Mark B. Johnson, MD, Executive Director of JCPH. “JCPH has worked with the community through those public health milestones and more, and we look forward to continuing to help create the healthiest community possible.”
Jefferson County Public Health began with a staff of only 24 employees and had only one location at the old courthouse in Golden. Now, JCPH’s 188 employees span across five locations throughout the county — Lakewood, Golden, Arvada, Wheat Ridge and Littleton.
“Jefferson County Public Health has been a leader at the forefront of developments in local public health,” said Greg Deranleau, President of the Jefferson County Board of Health. “Now, as we begin our 60th year, we’re proud to continue that trend. The staff at JCPH does phenomenal work each day to make our county a better place to live, work, play and learn.”
JCPH has tackled some major milestones and participated in some of most noteworthy public health accomplishments in Colorado and beyond:
To celebrate its 60th anniversary, JCPH will be sharing stories from its workforce and its history throughout the year. Follow us on Facebook @jeffcopublichealth and on Twitter and Instagram @jeffcoph to see updates. To learn more about JCPH, the many services we offer and how we can help you and your family live healthier, safer lives, please visit us at jeffco.us/public-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 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, Instagram @JeffcoPH and Facebook @jeffcopublichealth.