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Posted on: April 3, 2019

JCPH Awards Public Health Champions & Releases 2018 Report to the Community

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Jefferson County, Colo. — At Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH), we are on a mission to create the healthiest community possible. We are working to address the increase in youth vaping, the rise in opioid and prescription drug misuse, a growi...

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Posted on: March 26, 2019

JCPH Awarded National Accreditation Status by the Public Health Accreditation Board

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Jefferson County, Colo. — Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH), located in Lakewood, Colo., today announced that it has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board. JCPH is one of only eight health departments ...

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Posted on: March 21, 2019

First Rabies-Positive Skunk of 2019 Found in Jefferson County

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Jefferson County, Colo. — A skunk found in the foothills area of unincorporated Jefferson County, near I-70 and Paradise Road, has tested positive for rabies. This is the first animal to test positive for rabies in Jefferson County in 2019.&...

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Posted on: March 11, 2019

Edgewater Raises Age for Sale of Tobacco to 21 and Increases Smoke/Vapor-Free Protections

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Jefferson County, Colo. – On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, the Edgewater City Council voted unanimously to raise the minimum legal sale age for tobacco products in Edgewater from 18 to 21. This ordinance requires that all tobacco retailers examine ide...

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Posted on: March 7, 2019

Test your water and pledge to “Do More with Less!” for National Groundwater Awareness Week

National Groundwater Awareness Week 2019

Jefferson County, Colo. — Though it doesn’t always feel like it during the cold, snowy winters, Colorado’s climate is a relatively dry one, with limited water resources. This Groundwater Awareness Week (March 10-16, 2019), Je...

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Posted on: January 29, 2019

Lakewood Passes Ordinance to Keep Tobacco Out of the Hands of Youth

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Jefferson County, Colo. — On Monday, January 28, 2019, the Lakewood City Council unanimously passed a non-cigarette tobacco retailer licensing (NCTRL) ordinance designed to protect youth from tobacco. Tobacco retailer licensing is a proven strat...

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Posted on: January 18, 2019

JCPH launches Healthy Start at Home program to help more families

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Jefferson County, Colo. — Becoming a mother is a stressful time. Between doctor’s appointments, changing health needs and the major shift in lifestyle that a baby brings, moms-to-be often need extra support without having to do extra l...

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Posted on: January 8, 2019

Jefferson County Public Health celebrates its 60th anniversary

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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 r...

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Posted on: January 4, 2019

County and municipal agencies partner to spread awareness about radon testing

National Radon Action Month

Jefferson County, Colo. — This January in Jefferson County, nine government agencies and boards have come together to recognize the significant effect radon gas can have on our health and in our homes.

The Jefferson County Board of Health, Jeffer...

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Posted on: December 4, 2018

Community members invited to open house to discuss local air emissions

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LAKEWOOD, COLO. — Representatives from Jefferson County Public Health, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Terumo BCT Sterilization Services, Inc., will participate in an open ho...

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Posted on: November 29, 2018

On World AIDS Day 2018, JCPH Encourages People to Know Their Status

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Jefferson County, Colo. — Since the first World AIDS Day in 1988, significant scientific, medical and societal progress has been made to prevent HIV and AIDS and care for those living with the virus. However, across the globe, 37 million people ...

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Posted on: November 5, 2018

JCPH and Jeffco Public Schools working to reduce vaping among Jeffco Youth

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Jefferson County, Colo. — Gov. John Hickenlooper was joined by medical experts and leaders from various Colorado health organizations on Nov. 2 to announce new efforts to address Colorado’s teen vaping crisis. The Governor launched &am...

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Posted on: November 5, 2018

JCPH welcomes new Board of Health member

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Jefferson County, Colo. — Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is proud to welcome Evergreen resident, athletic trainer and longtime community health advocate Caroline Szuch as the newest member of the Jefferson County Board of Health. From wor...

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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: 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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