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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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.

The Colorado Dep...

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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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