Posted on: November 16, 2017

JCPH Awarded Federal and State Grants to Prevent Youth Substance Abuse Before It Starts

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Jefferson County, Colo. — Every community wants to raise youth that are healthy, safe and making positive choices, including avoiding substance abuse. Now, with funding from both the national and state government, Jefferson County has more resou...

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Posted on: November 10, 2017

One in Three Adults in Colorado Have Prediabetes — And Most Don’t Know It

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Jefferson County, Colo. — In Colorado, 1,342,000 adults — more than one in three — have prediabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Without intervention, many people with prediabetes could develop type 2 diab...

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Posted on: November 8, 2017

JCPH Welcomes New Member to the Jefferson County Board of Health

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Jefferson County, Colo. — With a resume that includes speaking engagements with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the White House, Dr. R. Dawn Comstock is among the nation’s top public health experts. Now, Jeffer...

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Posted on: October 27, 2017

Hepatitis C Cases Among Young Adults Spike: JCPH Encourages Prevention Practices

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Jefferson County, Colo. — Hepatitis C virus cases increased 65 percent among 21- to 30-year-olds in 10 Front-Range counties, including Jefferson County, between 2015 and 2016. Cases among this age group in Jefferson County rose nearly 32 percent.

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Posted on: October 18, 2017

Board of Health to Consider Changes in Onsite Wastewater Treatment (Septic) System Regulation

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Jefferson County, Colorado — The Jefferson County Board of Health is in the process of revising its current onsite wastewater treatment (septic) system regulations. These changes are necessary due to recent revisions to the Colorado Onsite Waste...

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Posted on: August 31, 2017

August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day

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Jefferson County, CO — August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day, held each year to raise awareness and remember those who have lost their lives to drug overdose. It is also a day of hope in recognizing the many lives that have been saved from ove...

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Posted on: August 11, 2017

Heading Back to School? Make Sure Your Teen is Up-to-Date on Immunizations to Stay Healthy

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Jefferson County, CO — They’ll always be your baby, even when your little boy towers over your head or your baby girl is going through her first heartbreak. Though the diapers and baby teeth have been replaced by hormones and acne, your teen still needs y...

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Posted on: August 11, 2017

A Bat Found Near Normandy Elementary School Tests Positive for Rabies

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Jefferson County, CO — Another bat has tested positive for rabies in Jefferson County, Colorado. This one was found near Normandy Elementary School, 6750 S Kendall Blvd, Littleton, CO, 80128. People who may have come in contact with this bat or have had e...

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Posted on: August 9, 2017

JCPH's Nutrition Services WIC Program Receives USDA Loving Support Gold Award of Excellence

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Jefferson County, CO — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today awarded the Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program with the Loving Support Gold Award of Excellence....

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Posted on: August 1, 2017

Jefferson County Public Health WIC Program Spotlights Community Resources for Breastfeeding Support

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Jefferson County, CO — August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week (WBW), an annual celebration of breastfeeding to increase breastfeeding awareness to improve the health of mothers and babies. In honor of t...

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Posted on: July 21, 2017

JCPH’s Valerie Carberry Receives NFP DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

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Jefferson County, CO — Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is honored to announce Valerie Carberry, Public Health Nurse and Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) home visitor at JCPH, has received the NFP DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses. Valerie is only t...

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Posted on: July 3, 2017

Summer is mosquito season – Fight the Bite to prevent West Nile virus

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Jefferson Couty, CO — As you hit the pool, park or patio for the Fourth of July and other celebrations this summer, remember it’s more than just summertime, it’s mosquito season. That means an increased risk of exposure to West Nile virus.

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Posted on: June 28, 2017

Rabies found in first Jefferson County bat and 17th skunk

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Jefferson County, CO — Skunk rabies continues to be a concern in Jefferson County with the 17th skunk testing positive for rabies in 2017. Additionally, a bat in Jefferson County has now also tested positive for rabies. Both bat and skunk rabies are now c...

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Posted on: June 14, 2017

Full-scale emergency exercise begins tomorrow

Golden, CO — Emergency planners, responders and volunteers throughout Colorado will be participating in a three-day, full-scale exercise June 15 through 17 designed to test community response procedures during a health crisis. ...

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Posted on: May 18, 2017

Prevent Animal-Borne Diseases This Summer

Jefferson County, CO — As families prepare for camping, barbecuing and other outdoor fun this Memorial Day Weekend, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) wishes to remind everyone to put safety at the top of their checklist. Just like t...

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Posted on: May 12, 2017

Support Someone You Care About with Quitting Tobacco this Mother’s Day

Jefferson County, CO — Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is encouraging everyone to take a step towards a healthier lifestyle this Mother’s Day, May 14, 2017. Mother’s Day is a time to share and express love for others, a...

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Posted on: April 24, 2017

#VaccinesWork to Fight Disease and Keep Entire Communities Healthy

Jefferson County, CO — Nearly 500 Colorado children were hospitalized with vaccine-preventable diseases in 2015, according to a report released in February by the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition. In 17 of C...

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Posted on: April 20, 2017

A Skunk found at Stott Elementary School in Arvada Tests Positive for Rabies

Jefferson County, CO — Another skunk has tested positive for rabies in Jefferson County, Colorado. This one was found on the property at Stott Elementary School, 6600 Yank Way in Arvada. Public health urges anyone who may have come in contact wi...

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Posted on: April 19, 2017

Communities in Jefferson County, Colorado, are Taking Youth Tobacco Prevention Seriously

Jefferson County, CO — The City of Golden is making good on its initiative to protect youth from tobacco by holding tobacco retailers accountable to the City’s non-cigarette tobacco retailer licensing law. The Golden Police Department ...

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Posted on: April 4, 2017

Rabies Confirmed in a Skunk Found in Lakewood

Jefferson County, CO — A skunk collected in Lakewood near Wadsworth and 16th Avenue was infected with rabies, according to lab results from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

The skunk came into contact with one dog...

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Posted on: April 3, 2017

Celebrate National Public Health Week by learning more about JCPH

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. 

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Posted on: March 27, 2017

Edgewater WIC Clinic Moves to Wheat Ridge

Jefferson County, CO — Jefferson County Public Health announced today that it will be moving its Edgewater WIC clinic on Thursday, April 6 and Friday, April 7, 2017 to its new location at the Jeffco Family Health Services Center, 7495 W...

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Posted on: March 22, 2017

HUD Bans Smoking in Public Housing

Jefferson County, CO — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has implemented new rules mandating smoke-free policies in all public housing by July 30, 2018. The rule covers 3,100 public housing authorities nationwide, including 47...

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Posted on: March 16, 2017

JCPH recognizes the 2016 Public Health Champions of the Year

Jefferson County, CO — Each year during National Public Health Week, April 3-9, 2017, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) honors some of the people who work to prevent illness and promote health in our communities. While they may not have made ...

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Posted on: March 15, 2017

“The Raising of America” Screening Raise Awareness on Early Childhood Health

Jefferson County, Colorado — The United States is the wealthiest nation in the world, but ranks 26th in the world for children’s well-being. One in four children age 5 and under live in poverty in the U.S., and in Jef...

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Posted on: March 7, 2017

Rabies Confirmed in a Skunk Found in Wheat Ridge

Jefferson County, CO — A skunk collected in Wheat Ridge near Sheridan and 35th Avenue was infected with rabies, according to lab results from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). The skunk came into contact with two ...

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Posted on: March 7, 2017

Time to schedule your annual water well checkup!

Jefferson County, Colorado — Just as you check your furnace or smoke detector batteries seasonally, spring is a good season to have an annual water well checkup before the peak water use season begins, according to the National Ground Water Association&am...

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Posted on: February 28, 2017

“Put Your Best Fork Forward” March is National Nutrition Month

Jefferson County, Colorado — Jefferson County Public Health and the JCPH WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Program encourage everyone to “Put Your Best Fork Forward” for this year’s National Nutrition Month...

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Posted on: February 27, 2017

Teaming Up to Keep Youth Hydrated

Jefferson County, CO — The pink water bottle Emmy Adams, a junior at Golden High School, carries around isn’t just a way to stay hydrated. It’s a chance for change.

“I think that by having refillable drink stations, it helps people drink more wate...

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Posted on: February 24, 2017

New Report Shows High Cost of Vaccine-Preventable Disease

Jefferson County, CO — Local health departments in the Denver metro area work to increase vaccination rates in our communities as an important and lifesaving public health practice. Colorado’s current rate of children immunized with all of the recommended...

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Posted on: February 6, 2017

Prevent HPV-Related Cancers: Public Health Launches New Campaign

Jefferson County, CO — Despite the fact that HPV vaccine prevents cancer, the most recent data from Colorado Immunization Information System shows that approximately seven percent of youth ages 11 and 12 in the Denver Metro area are fully covered by this ...

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Posted on: January 30, 2017

Swap Super Bowl Snacks for a Healthier Party

Jefferson County, CO — Every year, on the first Sunday in February, buffalo sauce flows like the Platte River and tortilla chips crunch like Colorado dirt during a drought. Even when our beloved Denver Broncos aren’t playing, Colorado knows football, and ...

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Posted on: January 26, 2017

Prevent Cervical Cancer: January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month

Jefferson County, CO — Join the Denver Metro Alliance for HPV Prevention in recognition of 2017 Cervical Health Awareness Month. Cervical cancer can be prevented with vaccination, regular screening tests and follow-up care. According to the Cente...

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Posted on: January 26, 2017

Public Notice: Jefferson County Board of Health Changes Meeting Location

Jefferson County, CO — The Jefferson County Board of Health will be meeting in the Mt. Bierstadt room at Jefferson County Public Health, 645 Parfet St., Lakewood, CO 80215. The next Board of Health meeting will be March 21, 2017 at 7:30...

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Posted on: January 4, 2017

Jeffco Wears Red on February 3, 2017

Jefferson County, CO — Cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke) kills more people in the United States, Colorado and Jefferson County than any other disease. Each minute, someone in the United States dies from a heart disease-related ev...

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Posted on: January 13, 2017

Arvada WIC Celebrates Opportunity to Serve Families at New Location

Jefferson County, CO  The new Arvada Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Clinic, located on the Jefferson County Head Start Campus at 5150 Allison St., Arvada, CO 80002, held its open house from 9-11 a.m. January 13, 2017.

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Posted on: January 11, 2017

Jefferson County Public Health Warns Parents and Caregivers About Hidden Sugar in Beverages

Jefferson County, CO — Many parents and caregivers are not aware of the hidden sugar in many of the beverages that they give to their children. That’s why the Healthy Beverage Partnership in conjunction with Jefferson County P...

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Posted on: January 3, 2017

Public Health Assists Child Care Centers and Homeowners with Radon Testing

Jefferson County, CO — Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH), funded by a grant from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE), is providing free radon test kits to day care centers. In November 2015, the Colorado State Board of ...

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