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Posted on: October 15, 2018

Flu shots now available at JCPH clinic

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Jefferson County, Colo. — Last year’s flu season was the worst the U.S. has seen in years. More than 900,000 people were hospitalized, and more than 80,000 died, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That number ...

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Posted on: September 18, 2018

Resilient Communities Are Key to Emergency Preparedness

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Jefferson County, Colo. — When one thread in a quilt frays, the entire blanket doesn’t fall apart. When one branch on a tree breaks, the whole tree doesn’t topple. Similarly, in a disaster, when a community comes together to respond to each other’s needs,...

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Posted on: September 11, 2018

This SepticSmart Week, Keep Your System Running Smoothly

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Jefferson County, Colo. — In Jefferson County, an estimated 23,000 homes have onsite wastewater treatment systems, or septic systems. Many residents in mountain communities or those with properties in more secluded areas of the county may rely o...

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Posted on: August 23, 2018

JCPH to hold End Overdose Jeffco

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Jefferson County, Colo. — Overdose affects everyone in our community. It impacts all people, from those who have lost or nearly lost a loved one to overdose, to those who have experienced overdose themselves, to those who know someone or are the...

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Posted on: August 21, 2018

Erase Vaccine-Preventable Diseases This School Year

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Jefferson County, Colo. — Parents have already fought crowds at the store for scissors, notebooks and pencils. They’ve checked everything they can think of off their back-to-school list – but have they made sure their kids&am...

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Posted on: August 14, 2018

Jeffco WIC to offer Jeffco Breastfeeds Mini Fair

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Jefferson County, Colo. — When Andrea Perez-Loza had her first baby, she had trouble breastfeeding. She couldn’t breastfeed for very long, something she said was largely because she didn’t have good support systems in place to help her be successful. Pere...

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Posted on: July 17, 2018

2018 Jefferson County Community Health Needs Assessment Released

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Jefferson County, Colo. — There’s a piece of health that affects all people, medicine can’t heal and one person alone can’t solve. It’s the health of our communities, and it affects our lives from the mome...

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Posted on: June 22, 2018

First Colorado Case of Tularemia in 2018 Found in Jefferson County

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Jefferson County, Colo. — A rabbit found in the Golden/Lakewood area (near South Table Mountain Park) has died from tularemia, an uncommon, but serious, infectious disease. This is the first positive case of tularemia in an animal in Colorado in...

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Posted on: June 21, 2018

For Men’s Health Month — Get Healthy, Get Screened, Get Honest, Get Going

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Jefferson County, Colo. — It’s not just a stereotype — men are less likely than women to go to the doctor for their annual checkup. According to a 2016 Cleveland Clinic survey, only 60 percent of men see their doctor once a y...

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Posted on: June 14, 2018

First Jeffco bat to test positive for rabies in 2018 found in Lakewood

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Jefferson County, Colo. — A bat found in Lakewood, near Morrison Road and Wadsworth Boulevard, tested positive for rabies on June 13, 2018. This is the first bat to test positive for rabies in Jefferson County 2018. Though this is the county&...

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Posted on: June 11, 2018

Kick Insects — and the Diseases They Carry — to the Curb

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Jefferson County, Colo. — It’s warming up in Colorado, and just like you and your family are ready to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, insects are coming out, too! Before hitting the pool, hiking trail or even your backyard this s...

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Posted on: May 30, 2018

Double Up Program Helps Families-in-Need at Jeffco Farmers Markets

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Jefferson County, Colo. — When you wander between rows of leafy lettuce, scraggly radishes and smooth, dark green cucumbers, you may have to remind yourself that it’s pavement under your feet, not fresh-tilled soil at a farm. As you se...

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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 ce...

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Posted on: April 24, 2018

Jefferson County agencies to hold National Rx Take Back Day events

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Jefferson County, Colo. — Several law enforcement agencies in Jefferson County will join the Drug Enforcement Administration to participate in National Rx Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. In an effort to reduce the misuse...

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Posted on: April 5, 2018

Working Together to Change the Future of Public Health

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During National Public Health Week, JCPH Recognizes Public Health Champions of the Year and Releases 2017 Annual Report

Jefferson County, Colo. — When we look to the future of public health, we see a day when every person has a chance at the best...

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Posted on: March 15, 2018

JCPH Statement Regarding the 2018 County Health Rankings

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Every year, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute release the County Health Rankings, a tool to benchmark health outcomes in each county and identify top factors that influence a county’s ...

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Posted on: March 13, 2018

JCPH Opens New WIC Clinic in Littleton

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Jefferson County, Colo. — Pregnant women, infants, children and their parents in South Jeffco can now receive nutrition education and breastfeeding support closer to home.

On March 13, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) opened a new WIC clinic...

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Posted on: March 12, 2018

JCPH Encourages Groundwater Users to Test Their Water

National Groundwater Awareness Week

Jefferson County, Colo. — You check your smoke detector, your furnace, your gutters and countless filters, batteries and levels in your home — all in case of emergencies. But are you checking your well water, something you use every da...

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Posted on: March 2, 2018

First Rabies-Positive Skunk of 2018 Found in Jefferson County

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Jefferson County, Colo. — A skunk found in Lakewood south of Hampden Avenue between Wadsworth and Kipling, near Foothills Golf Course, has tested positive for rabies. This is the first animal to test positive for rabies in Jefferson County in 201...

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Posted on: February 7, 2018

JCPH Encourages Parents to Take the Healthy Drink Pledge

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As a parent, you want what’s best for your little one, head-to-toe. That means protecting their pearly whites, too.

According to a survey of about 100 parents (n=102) in the Denver metro area, led by the Healthy Beverage Partnership in 2016, the top concer...

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Posted on: January 9, 2018

JCPH To Provide Free Test Kits to Help Keep Families Safe from Dangerous Radon Gas

National Radon Action Month

Jefferson County, Colo. — In Jefferson County, about half of homes tested have high levels of radon. Radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and there is a simple way to prevent it. In recognition of National Radon Action Mont...

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Posted on: January 2, 2018

A New Year’s Resolution from Local Public Health: The Best Health Possible for All People

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Jefferson County, Colo. — The new year is a time for reflection and hope. It’s a time to look back at the things we’ve done well — and the ways we can continue to improve in the future. In past years, Jefferson Coun...

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Posted on: December 14, 2017

Alarming Increase of Gonorrhea Rates Reported in Denver

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DENVER, CO (December 14, 2017) – Recent data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment show that the number of gonorrhea cases in the Denver metro area has increased significantly among young people, especially in people unde...

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Posted on: November 29, 2017

On World AIDS Day 2017, JCPH Encourages People to Get Tested for HIV

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Jefferson County, Colo. — There are more than 1.1 million people in the U.S. living with HIV. That’s roughly twice the population of Jefferson County — or about half the people living in the Denver Metro Area. Over the last f...

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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.

“The spik...

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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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